Jan. 7, 2008
DeKALB, Ill.-J.J. Jumper, the official basketball mascot of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, will appear at Northern Illinois University's women's basketball game with Ball State Saturday, Jan. 12, 2008.
J.J. Jumper will be available to sign autographs from 1:30-1:50 p.m. and will perform throughout the game as part of the NCAA's commitment to promote youth basketball participation and sportsmanship.
J.J. Jumper's purpose is to increase enthusiasm and awareness of NCAA Basketball, while engaging and educating youth on healthy physical, emotional and educational values. J.J.'s mission is to represent both genders and all races. J.J. Jumper is an attention-getting 6-5 green creature with orange hair, size 26 shoes and a big heart that motivates youth to do their best on and off the court. J.J. appears at men's and women's basketball games, giving away NCAA Basketball promotional items and performing skits during timeouts and/or halftime.
Tip off for the Huskies' MAC home opener with Ball State is set for 2 p.m. For tickets, contact the NIU ticket office at 815-752-6800 or log on to www.niuhuskies.com. Saturday's game is also Alumni Day. All former Northern Illinois University basketball players, coaches and managers are invited to attend. The NIU Varsity Club Cardinal and Black Women's Basketball Alumnae Game will take place at 11 a.m.