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Release: Sept. 2, 1999

Cadets Sponsor Game Ball Run To Benefit Multiple Sclerosis Society

IOWA CITY, Iowa —University of Iowa and Iowa State University Army ROTC cadets will bike and run from Iowa City to Ames Sept. 10 and 11, toting the Iowa/Iowa State game ball as a fund-raiser for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

The UI cadets will leave Iowa City at 7 a.m. Friday, Sept. 10 and bike to Tama, where the Tama I Club will sponsor a picnic for transfer of the game ball. Ten UI cadets will continue on the Game Ball Run, assisting the ISU cadets in running the ball to Ames, arriving at Jack Trice Field before the 6 p.m. kickoff.

Cadet commanders from each battalion and a representative from the Iowa Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society will present the game ball to officials at the stadium.

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. Her fellow cadets started the Game Ball Run in her honor.

The event is intended to heighten community awareness about multiple sclerosis and raise money to help those fighting the disease, which affects the central nervous system in young adults ages 20 to 40. This year, the ROTC cadets hope to raise $1,500 though individual and corporate contributions.

To make a contribution or for more information, contact Capt. Kyle Kolthoff or 2nd Lt. Kevin Salge of the Hawkeye Battalion at (319) 335-9187.