Sept. 24, 2009
DeKALB, Ill. - Northern Illinois University will invite its fans to join the Huskie coaching staff and football coaches and fans across the country this Saturday to support the annual American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Coach to Cure MD project.
This is the second straight year the AFCA has encouraged its members across the country to help raise awareness and funds to fight Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, the most common fatal genetic disorder diagnosed during childhood which primarily affects boys across all races and cultures.
The Northern Illinois coaching staff, along with their counterparts from Idaho, will wear a Coach to Cure MD logo patch, a public service announcement promoting the event will run on the video board, and donation boxes will be set up in the Huskie Athletic Scholarship Fund tent. In addition, fans will be informed that they can donate to Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy research by texting the word CURE to 90999 and a $5 donation will automatically be added to your phone bill. Donations can also be made on-line at www.CoachtoCureMD.org.
Donations during the Coach to Cure MD effort will go to research projects supported by Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy, the largest nonprofit organization in the United States focused entirely on Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.
Northern Illinois (2-1) and Idaho (2-1) face off beginning at 2:30 p.m. at Huskie Stadium in DeKalb. The game will be televised by Comcast SportsNet Chicago and will be available nationally through the ESPN GamePlan package. Tickets for the game are on sale now on-line at www.niuhuskies.com or Friday at the NIU Athletics Ticket Office located in the Convocation Center and via telephone at 815-752-6800. Tickets are $20 for the general public, $15 for youth (18 and under) and senior citizens.
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