Nov. 7, 2012
DeKALB, Ill. - Northern Illinois Athletics and the NIU Student-Athlete Advisory Committee will show their support for the Salvation Army of DeKalb and the organization's annual "Kettle Kickoff" by providing a coupon, good for $10 admission to the NIU versus Toledo football game on Wednesday, Nov. 14 at Huskie Stadium, to any person who makes a donation of cash or canned food to the Salvation Army from Nov. 11-14.
Members of NIU's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee representing every Northern Illinois team will be out in the DeKalb-Sycamore community beginning Sunday, Nov. 11 collecting donations of canned food for the annual drive. Anyone who makes a donation will receive a coupon good for a $10 ticket to the football game, which kicks off at 8 p.m. on Wednesday night, Nov. 14.
On game day at Huskie Stadium, the student-athletes will be alongside Salvation Army volunteers ringing bells and accepting both canned food items and cash donations at the famous "red kettles." Four kettles will be set up on the West Side of Huskie Stadium beginning 90 minutes before game time (6:30 pm CT), and anyone who donates at the game will receive a coupon which they can then present at the ticket windows to purchase a ticket to the game for $10. The $10 tickets will be located on the West side.
At halftime, NIU mascot Victor E. Huskie, joined by NIU SAAC and Salvation Army representatives and NIU Associate Vice-President and Director of Athletics Jeff Compher, will make the "ceremonial" first donation into the red kettle signifying the start of this year's kettle campaign.
The NIU-Toledo game will be televised nationally on ESPN2. Northern Illinois is 9-1 overall and has won nine straight games, 14 straight Mid-American Conference games and a nation-leading 20 consecutive home games. Northern Illinois will also honor 13 seniors - the winningest senior class in school history - prior to kickoff. For more information on the Salvation Army coupon promotion, call the NIU Athletics External Office at 815-753-1923. To purchase tickets to the game in advance, go online to www.NIUHuskies.com or Ticketmaster.com, call the NIU Ticket Office at 815-752-6800 or stop by the Ticket Office in the NIU Convocation Center Monday-Friday between 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
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