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Release: Sept. 12, 2002

Army ROTC cadets sponsor Game Ball Run to benefit MS Society

University of Iowa and Iowa State University Army ROTC cadets will bike and run from Ames to Iowa City Sept. 13, carrying the Iowa/ Iowa State game ball during their 17th annual fund-raiser for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Iowa Chapter.

The cadets will leave Ames at 5 a.m. Friday, Sept. 13 and bike and run 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 Iowa City about 9 p.m. or 10 p.m. Friday night. About 45 UI and ISU cadets will participate in the fund-raiser.

The cadet battalion commanders from each university and a representative from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Iowa Chapter will present the game ball to officials at Kinnick Stadium prior to the 5 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 a goal of raising about $2,000 for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Iowa Chapter though individual and corporate contributions.

Major contributors to this year's run are: Perkins Restaurant of Coralville, Harley-Davidson of Iowa City, Hollywood Graphics, UI Football and Coach Kirk Ferentz, all in the Iowa City-Coralville area. Contributors also include The Tama County I-Club, Rube's Steakhouse, Our Town Super-Valu, and Fareway of Tama.

For more information, contact enrollment officer Stacy Seaworth of the Hawkeye Battalion at (319) 335-9190.