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Release: Sept. 11, 2000

ROTC-sponsored 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 Ames to Iowa City Sept. 15 and 16, toting the Iowa/ Iowa State game ball as a 14th annual fundraiser for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Iowa Chapter.

The cadets will leave Ames at 6 a.m. Friday, Sept. 15 and bike to Tama. There, from noon to 1 p.m., the Tama I Club will sponsor a picnic at the Lincoln Bridge Park on Highway 30, on the east edge of Tama, before the ceremonial transfer of the game ball. The run continues throughout the afternoon and evening, with the runners arriving in Iowa City about midnight. About 35 UI and ISU cadets will participate in the fundraiser.

Cadets from each battalion and a representative from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Iowa Chapter will present the game ball to officials at the stadium prior to 11:10 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. 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 between 20 and 40 years old. This year, the ROTC cadets have raised over $2,000 for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Iowa Chapter though individual and corporate contributions. This year, ROTC will join the Stepping Up Project for its non-alcoholic tailgate for the UI/ISU game. People who attend the tailgate can learn more about the Game Ball run, enjoy free food and listen to live music behind Slater residence hall. The Iowa National Guard will also have exhibits at the event.

For more information, contact Jake Cannon of the Hawkeye Battalion at (319) 335-9196.