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Release: Sept. 14, 2000

Tailgate tradition offers party with a purpose for Iowa vs. Iowa State game

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 Ball Run.

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 sales.

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 (319) 335-1349