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UI and UNI Army ROTC cadets run Sept. 6 game ball 100 miles in fund-raiser

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Cadets from the University of Iowa and the University of Northern Iowa Army ROTC programs will team up for a two-day, 100-mile fund-raiser when they carry the game ball for the Iowa vs. Northern Iowa football game from Cedar Rapids to Kinnick Stadium in time for the Saturday, Sept. 6, kickoff.

The run, held annually before the first Iowa game, is intended to heighten awareness of and to raise money for research into the causes of multiple sclerosis, a degenerative disease that attacks the central nervous system of young adults between the ages of 20 and 40.

The UNI cadets will leave Cedar Falls on Sept. 5 and carry the ball to Tama, where UI cadets will receive the ball and carry it the rest of the way, passing through Coralville and Iowa City between 10 and 11 a.m. and arriving at Kinnick Stadium prior to kickoff. Organizers from the UI ROTC program hope the run will raise more than $2,000.

UI cadets began the fund-raiser in 1986 as a way to raise money for a student in the Army ROTC Hawkeye Battalion who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis just one month before she was scheduled to graduate and be commissioned into the U.S. Army. Her diagnosis made her ineligible for a military career.

The run is sponsored by the UI Army ROTC program, the UNI Army ROTC program, and the Iowa Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Individuals desiring further information may contact 2nd Lt. Lenny Sloat of the UI ROTC program at (319) 335-9187.