CONTACT: GEORGE MCCRORY
300 Plaza Centre One
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0012; fax (319) 384-0024
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
For more information, contact 2nd Lt. Sean Lyons of the Hawkeye Battalion
at (319) 335-9196.