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University of Iowa News Release

Sept. 8, 2003

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 Iowa City to Ames on Friday, Sept. 12, carrying the Iowa/Iowa State game ball during their 18th annual fund-raiser for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS), Iowa Chapter.

UI cadets will depart Iowa City at 4 a.m. Friday, Sept. 12, from South Quadrangle, behind Slater Hall on the UI Campus. They will bike and run to Tama, where the Tama I Club will sponsor a noon to 12:30 p.m. picnic at the Lincoln Bridge Park on Hwy. 30, located on the east edge of Tama. Following the picnic, battalion commanders will transfer the game ball, and ISU cadets will move the ball from Tama to Ames. The run will continue throughout the afternoon and evening, with the runners arriving in Ames about 9 p.m. or 10 p.m. Friday night. More than 70 UI and ISU cadets will participate in the 130-mile run.

The cadet battalion commanders from each university and a representative from the NMSS, Iowa Chapter will present the game ball to game officials prior to kickoff.

Army ROTC’s Game Ball Run tradition began in 1986 after Kristy Samms, an Army ROTC cadet and UI student, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis one month before she was to graduate and receive a commission into the U.S. Army. Her fellow cadets initiated the Game Ball Run in her honor.

The event is intended to increase community awareness of multiple sclerosis and raise money for the NMSS though individual and corporate contributions. Event organizers note that the tradition also fosters esprit de corps between UI and IU cadets.

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society plans to auction the game football following the game. People interested in the auction or making donations should contact NMSS Representative Brett Ridge at (515) 270-6337.

For more information, contact 2nd Lt. Jeff Adams, Goldbar Recruiter, UI department of military science, at 319-335-9191 or at jeffrey.charles.adams@us.army.mil.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 301, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Gary Galluzzo, Writer, 319-384-0009, gary-galluzzo@uiowa.edu