The Illinois State Athletics Department will hit the road this spring with its Spread the Red Caravan series, which will include stops throughout the state of Illinois to reconnect with fans, alumni and supporters of Redbird Athletics.

Spread The Red Caravan bring the Illinois State Athletics Department to the community, with coaches and staff on hand to interact and answer questions. Three dates have been finalized for May. Associate Athletics Director for Development Doug Banks is eager to begin this year’s caravan after making stops last spring in Springfield, Joliet, and Rockford.

“We are excited to hit the road with our Spread the Red Caravan again this spring,” Banks said. “Our hope is that the Spread the Red Caravan becomes a special tradition at Illinois State. The caravan events are a great opportunity for donors, fans, and alumni to meet and visit with various Redbird coaches and student-athletes.”

This year’s slate kicks off May 13 in Chicago at The Stretch Bar & Grill (3485 N. Clark), and will then move to Pontiac for a May 20 event at Bernardi’s II (123 North Mill Street). The final stop in the month will take place on May 27 in Springfield at the Dublin Pub (2413 S. Macarthur Boulevard). All of the events are from 5:30-7 p.m., with limited appetizers and a cash bar available at each stop.

To RSVP for any of this year’s caravan stops, contact Tracie Brown at (309) 438-3636 or send an e-mail to