June 2, 2014

DeKALB, Ill. - The third annual edition of "NIU Social Summer" kicks off on Monday, June 2nd as NIU Athletics brings back the popular feature designed to keep fans up-to-date and involved with Huskie sports on its social media platforms, as well as on NIUHuskies.com, throughout the summer months.

Using the hashtag #NIUSocial Summer, the Huskies will bring interactive components to fans Monday through Friday from June 2nd to August 1st using Twitter (@NIUAthletics), Facebook (NIU Huskies), Instagram (NIU Huskies), YouTube (NIUHuskiesdotcom) and the official athletics website, NIUHuskies.com.

Twitter - @NIUAthletics
Facebook - NIU Huskies
Instagram - NIU Huskies
YouTube- NIUHuskiesdotcom
Hashtags: #NIUSocialSummer and #Commit2NIU
26 to the 28th Countdown

In the past, #NIUSocialSummer has gone by a strict schedule, publishing certain features on certain days. This year's version is going to be shaped by the daily events that fuel social media. We'll talk about NIU athletics events and deadlines - like the Huskie Summer Circuit, the Brigham-Novak Golf Tournament, new student orientation, the Football 101 Women's Clinic and more - and provide features and an insider's look on student-athletes and coaches through features like "A Summer's Day with...." We'll also put a Huskie spin on national sporting events (the World Cup, NBA Finals, MLB All-Star Game), holidays and pop culture (music, movies) in fun and share-able ways.

One of the ongoing features of this year's NIU Social Summer will actually carry all the way through to the August 28th and the Huskie Football 2014 season opener versus Presbyterian. Every Tuesday and Thursday between now and August 28th, we will take a look back at each game that has made up the Huskies' nation-leading 26-game home winning streak. Through the bi-weekly countdown, entitled "26 to the 28th", fans will relive many of the games, players and moments that have made up the greatest era in NIU Football history.

NIU Social Summer is for Huskie fans. Social media gives you a voice and a way to interact with Huskie sports on a daily basis. We're going to put out calls for selfies, tailgating recipes, your favorite game during the win streak, and more! Who knows, there could very well be prizes!

Do you like "throwback Thursday," or know a Huskie Athletics alum (or current student-athlete) doing something great in his or her community? Want to hear from a specific coach or administrator via chat? Let us know by connecting with us through any of our social media platforms or e-mail us at niuhuskiesdotcom@gmail.com. Additional platforms may be added as the summer progresses so keep up, or tell us your preferred way to interact and get engaged with NIU Athletics.

It's going to be a fun summer, a social summer, leading into an even better 2014-15 Huskie sports year. If you aren't following us on social media already, #Commit2NIU now, it's a great time to start!

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