CONTACT: GEORGE MCCRORY
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0012; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: Sept. 11, 2000
ROTC-sponsored Game Ball Run to benefit Multiple Sclerosis Society
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University of Iowa and Iowa State University Army ROTC
cadets will bike and run from Ames to Iowa City Sept. 15 and 16, toting the
Iowa/ Iowa State game ball as a 14th annual fundraiser for the National Multiple
Sclerosis Society, Iowa Chapter.
The cadets will leave Ames at 6 a.m. Friday, Sept. 15 and bike to Tama.
There, from noon to 1 p.m., the Tama I Club will sponsor a picnic at the Lincoln
Bridge Park on Highway 30, on the east edge of Tama, before the ceremonial
transfer of the game ball. The run continues throughout the afternoon and
evening, with the runners arriving in Iowa City about midnight. About 35 UI
and ISU cadets will participate in the fundraiser.
Cadets from each battalion and a representative from the National Multiple
Sclerosis Society, Iowa Chapter will present the game ball to officials at
the stadium prior to 11:10 a.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 between 20 and 40 years old. This year, the
ROTC cadets have raised over $2,000 for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society,
Iowa Chapter though individual and corporate contributions. This year, ROTC
will join the Stepping Up Project for its non-alcoholic tailgate for the UI/ISU
game. People who attend the tailgate can learn more about the Game Ball run,
enjoy free food and listen to live music behind Slater residence hall. The
Iowa National Guard will also have exhibits at the event.
For more information, contact Jake Cannon of the Hawkeye Battalion at (319)