Illinois Futbol Club created the Joe Seeley Memorial Fund in October of 2012, after his difficult passing on October 13. Joe was a coach for many years with Little Illini Soccer Club/Illinois FC, and had two sons who played for the club, Jake and Paul. He was passionate about soccer, our club, and opportunities for kids to grow in their love for the sport.
The Joe Seeley Memorial Fund helps provide opportunities for young soccer players to stay involved with the club and play soccer. The Joe Seeley Memorial Fund has provided free uniforms for incoming U9 age players since 2014.
This endowment-style fund is managed by the Community Foundation of East Central Illinois. As of Q3 2019 the Joe Seeley Memorial Fund has approximately $102,004.79 and continues to receive donations from generous friends and family who want to honor Joe's love for soccer and our organization.
There are two ways to donate:
1. Mail a check: You can mail a check payable to "Community Foundation of East Central Illinois" to:
Community Foundation of East Central Illinois
307 W University Ave.
Champaign, IL 61820
Please make sure to write "Joe Seeley Memorial Fund" on the memo line of the check.
2. Make a donation online: DONATE NOW. Please select the donate button in the upper right hand corner and note "Joe Seeley Memorial Fund" under designation.
What started as a single blog entry the day after Joe Seeley entered the University of Chicago Medical Center for treatment in January 2011 ended up spanning 21 months. Joe shares intimate details of his journey with unflinching honesty, laugh-out-loud humor, and a gentle grace. He lets us experience with him the exhilarating highs and harrowing lows of his leukemia roller-coaster ride. And in doing so, he transforms us.
Special Joe Seeley LISC commemorative shirts are available at the Illinois FC office inside Soccer Planet (2310 N. Willow Rd, Urbana, IL 61802). They're a great way to show pride for our club and honor and remembrance for Joe and his great contributions to our club.
The Joe Seeley Memorial Fund provided uniform kits for all new U9 Boys & Girls for every season since 2014!
Jan Seeley with the 2014-2015 U9 Boys & Girls Players
Jan Seeley & the U9-U10 Girls showing off their shirts!
Joe Seeley with his U9 Boys Team
Joe Seeley with his U9 Boys team- Fall 2003
Joe Seeley with his U11 Boys Spring Cup Championship Team
Joe after he was presented with the Service Award (Right to Left: Robert Baird, Paul Seeley, Stephen Parente, Joe Seeley, Jake Seeley, Kevin Love, Josh Alford)
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