CONTACT: JANE HOSHI
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0017; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: Sept. 14, 2000
Tailgate tradition offers party with a purpose for Iowa vs. Iowa State
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Not all Iowa/Iowa State students will be competitors
this Saturday, despite the schools' long-standing football rivalry. UI's Lot
14 alcohol-free tailgate from 9 to 11 a.m. will bring together students from
both campuses to celebrate the ROTC-sponsored Multiple Sclerosis Society Game
About 35 UI and ISU Army ROTC cadets participating in the Game Ball Run
will have made the bike/run from Ames to Iowa City carrying the game ball
in time to present it to officials at the stadium for the 11 a.m. kickoff.
The Game Ball Run is a fund-raiser for the Iowa Chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis
Society. It began in 1986 for Kristy Samms, an Army ROTC cadet and UI student
who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis one month before she was to graduate
and receive a commission in the U.S. Army.
For the second year in the history of the Lot 14 tailgate, Pella Corporation
will bring together 50 students each from opposing teams' campuses who will
party together as recruits and potential co-workers. Pella will recruit these
students for positions in engineering, business, information technology and
This Saturday's tailgate will feature a Hummvee (sponsored by the National
Guard), free hot dogs, hamburgers, chips, soda and Blue Bunny ice cream, frisbee
toss, dunk tank, space walk, volleyball, basketball and live music.
Lot 14 is located just south of Slater Residence Hall at the northeast corner
of Melrose and Grand Avenues and is UI's designated alcohol-free lot. Football
parking is available in all UI lots beginning at 7 a.m. for $5 per car. Game
time this Saturday is 11 a.m.
Sponsorship for Lot 14 alcohol-free tailgates is through the Stepping Up
Project, a community and campus coalition to reduce the harmful effects of
excessive drinking, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the nation's
largest health care philanthropy. For more information, call Julie Phye at