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Release: Sept. 13, 1999

Make-A-Wish children to attend Iowa vs. Northern Illinois football game Sept. 18

IOWA CITY, Iowa — A group of approximately 15 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. 18, as part of the University of Iowa Alumni Association's (UIAA) Student Alumni Ambassadors' Gameday event at the Iowa vs. Northern Illinois football game.

The day will begin at approximately 2 p.m. with a tailgate at the UI Recreation Building. The children and their families will have the chance to meet Herky, members of the cheerleading squad and dance team, UI Basketball Coach Steve Alford, and members of the UI basketball team. They will also enjoy good food, listen to music by the Hawkeye Marching Band, participate in games provided by the Disney Store, and receive prizes and gifts compliments of area businesses.

The Gameday, now in its fifth year, is organized by the UIAA Student Alumni Ambassadors, who work with the Make-A-Wish Foundation to provide children the chance to see an Iowa football game and to meet coaches and players.

"I anticipate an exciting day, with the kids meeting Coach Alford and the basketball players, cheerleaders, Herky, and attending the football game. Volunteers not only get to take part in the festivities, but they also benefit from the delight the kids will bring to this day," said Carolyn Carr, Student Alumni Ambassadors co-chairperson for the event.

Gameday has been recognized as a Program of the Year by the District V Student Alumni Association/Student Foundation (SAA/SF) network, 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 UI Alumni Association, The UIAA Student Alumni Ambassadors, UI Athletics, Hy-Vee, Cookies by Design, Aero Rental, Chezik-Sayers Honda, Old Capital Screen Printers, Wendy's, and Hargrave-McEleney. Other sponsors include: Advanced Auto Service, Anderson Erickson Dairy, Athlete's Foot, Big Ten Rentals, Carlos O'Kelly's, City Plaza Hotel, Coral Ridge Mall, Culligan Water Conditioning, Hawk Shop, IMU Food Service, JC Penney, Sweets-N-Treats, Quizno's Classic Subs, The Disney Store, Technigraphics, Wal-Mart, 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 Jeremy Hagan or Susan Griffith of the UIAA at (319) 335-3294.

(NOTE TO EDITORS AND NEWS DIRECTORS: Reporters and photographers are invited to attend the Saturday, September 18, Iowa vs. Northern Illinois Make-A-Wish Gameday event, which will begin with a tailgate at approximately 2 p.m. in the UI Recreation Building. A list of participants and their hometowns will be available at the event.)