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Army ROTC cadets sponsor Game Ball Run to benefit National Multiple Sclerosis Society

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 Society.

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 sclerosis.

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.