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University of Iowa News Release

Sept. 5, 2003

NOTE TO EDITORS AND NEWS DIRECTORS: Reporters and photographers are invited to attend the Saturday, Sept. 6 Iowa vs. Buffalo State Make-A-Wish Game Day event, which will begin with a tailgate at approximately 9 a.m. in the UI Field House, North Gym.

Make-A-Wish Children To Attend Iowa Vs. Buffalo Football Game Sept. 6

A group of approximately 20 eastern Iowa children in the Make-A-Wish program will have the chance to enjoy an exciting University of Iowa football weekend on Saturday, Sept. 6 as part of the University of Iowa Alumni Association's (UIAA) S.T.A.T Ambassadors' Game Day event at the Iowa vs. Buffalo football game.

The day will begin at approximately 8:30 a.m. with a tailgate at the UI Field House, North Gym. The children and their families will have the chance to meet Herky and members of the cheerleading squad. After the game, members of the UI football team and coaching staff will visit with the Make-A-Wish children and sign autographs. They will also enjoy good food provided by Hy-Vee, play games provided by Aero Rental and receive prizes and gifts compliments of area businesses.

The UIAA S.T.A.T Ambassadors and University of Iowa Sports Marketing, which work with the Make-A-Wish Foundation to provide children a chance to see an Iowa football game and to meet coaches and players, organize the Gameday.

Now in its ninth year at the UI, Game Day has been recognized as a Program of the Year by the District V Association of Student Advancement Program (ASAP), which is a program for the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) that seeks to promote the involvement of students in alumni relations, communications and philanthropy.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation is a national, non-profit organization dedicated to providing activities for terminally and severely ill children and their families.

Major sponsors of Gameday include: the University of Iowa Alumni Association, The UIAA S.T.A.T. Ambassadors, University of Iowa Athletics, Hy-Vee, Cookies by Design, Aero Rental, Carousel Motor, Old Capital Screen Printers, Wendy's and Lenoch & Cilek ACE Hardware. Other sponsors include: Hills Bank & Trust Co., Bread Garden Bakery & Café, McDonalds, Coral Ridge Mall, Travelodge of Iowa City, Hancher Auditorium, Pagliai's Pizza, UI Bookstore, Hawk Shop, IMU Food Service, Sweets-N-Treats, Technigraphics, and Signs and Screen Printers of Iowa.

The event will not be open to the general public. For more information about the schedule or the participants, contact the Alumni Association at 319-335-3854.

STORY SOURCE: University News Service, 300 Plaza Centre One, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACT: George McCrory, 319-384-0012,