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Release: Sept. 11, 2001

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

University of Iowa and Iowa State University Army ROTC cadets will bike and run from Iowa City to Ames Sept. 14 and 15, toting the Iowa/ Iowa State game ball as a 15th annual fund-raiser for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Iowa Chapter.

The cadets will leave Iowa City at 5 a.m. Friday, Sept. 14 and bike to Tama, where the Tama I Club will sponsor a picnic from noon to 1 p.m. at the Lincoln Bridge Park on Hwy. 30 on the east edge of Tama for the ceremonial transfer of the game ball. The run continues throughout the afternoon and evening, with the runners arriving in Ames about 10 p.m. or 11 p.m. Friday night. About 35 UI and ISU cadets will participate in the fund-raiser.

Cadets from each battalion and a representative from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Iowa Chapter will present the game ball to officials at Jack Trice Stadium prior to 2:30 p.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 ages 20 to 40. This year, the ROTC cadets have raised more than $1,500 for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Iowa Chapter though individual and corporate contributions.

Major contributors are: The Union Bar, Iowa Book, Hollywood Graphics, Alexis Park Inn, University of Iowa Health Care, UI Football and Coach Kirk Ferentz, all in Iowa City. Contributors also include Z 102.9-FM radio in Cedar Rapids, Dr. Dean P. Lyons in Burlington, The Tama County I-Club, and Rube's Steakhouse in Tama.

For more information, contact 2nd Lt. Sean Lyons of the Hawkeye Battalion at (319) 335-9196.