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January 16, 2005

American, Huskie Pride Strikes Again: NIU To Now Donate $13,000 To Illinois Military Relief Fund On Jan. 22

DeKalb, IL – Never underestimate the power of the American, Northern Illinois University spirit. Following a Jan. 11 announcement that NIU men’s basketball and the Northern Illinois University College of Business were going to donate $3,000 to Illinois Lieutenant Governor Pat Quinn for the Illinois Military Family Relief Fund at halftime of the Jan. 22 men’s basketball game vs. Eastern Michigan (7:05 p.m.), an anonymous donor has pledged $10,000 to push Wednesday’s donation to $13,000.

“Just a tremendous gesture for the most noble of causes,” head coach Rob Judson said. “To have one of our own present this gift for these families is truly inspiring.”

Prior to the $10,000 donation, NIU men’s basketball, along with the College of Business, sold red silicone bracelets with the inscription “Huskie Hoop Time” to raise funds for the relief fund, which provides financial assistance to national guardsmen and reservists called up to federal active duty. So far, the relief fund has provided over $2.4 million in financial assistance to more than 4,300 families in the state of Illinois.

Sold for $1 apiece, the Huskies have already sold 3,000 silicone bracelets and will continue to sell the bracelets at home basketball games for the rest of the season.

For organizations wishing to help with the Hoops 4 Troops campaign through the purchase of “Huskie Hoop Time” bracelets, please contact Northern Illinois basketball at (815) 753-1633.



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