CONTACT: GEORGE McCRORY
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0012; fax (319) 384-0024
Army ROTC cadets sponsor Game Ball Run to benefit National Multiple
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University of Iowa and Iowa State University Army
ROTC cadets will bike and run from Ames to Iowa City Sept. 11 and 12, toting
the Iowa/Iowa State game ball as a fund-raiser for National Multiple Sclerosis
The ISU cadets will leave Ames at 6 a.m. Friday, Sept. 11 and bike to
Tama, where the Tama County I Club will sponsor a hand-off ceremony at
11 a.m. on Friday. A team of cadets from UI and ISU will then take turns
running the ball from Tama to Iowa City, arriving at Kinnick Stadium before
the 11:15 a.m. kickoff.
The Game Ball Run began in 1986 for Kristy Samms, an Army ROTC cadet
and UI student. One month before she was to graduate and receive a commission
to the U.S. Army, she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, making her
ineligible for a career as a commissioned officer.
Her fellow cadets started the Game Ball Run in her honor. The event
raises money for research into the causes of multiple sclerosis and heightens
awareness about the disease, which affects the central nervous system in
young adults ages 20 to 40.
The run is sponsored by the UI Army ROTC Hawkeye Battalion and the Iowa
Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. This year the ROTC
cadets hope to raise $2,000 in donations from individuals and business,
funding programs, services and research to benefit 3,500 Iowans with multiple
Officials presenting the game ball include Diane Woods, president of
the Iowa Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Lori Cornwell,
the Chapter's fund-raising chairperson, and cadet battalion commanders
Lt. Col. Mollie Sabo of UI and Lt. Col. Clinton Taylor of ISU.
Sponsors for the 1998 Game Ball Run include 360 Communications, Musco
Lighting in Muscatine, the Iowa Hawk Shop, Hills State Bank and numerous
other local businesses.
For more information, contact Capt. Kyle Kolthoff of the Hawkeye Battalion
at (319) 335-9187.