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New football coach Dave Doeren will meet fans at Huskie Athletic Support Fund kickoff

February 7, 2011
Dave Doeren

Dave Doeren

All Northern Illinois fans are invited to meet new Huskie football coach Dave Doeren and his staff, get complete information on 2011 NIU football tickets, enjoy free food and drink and hear from Northern Illinois coaches and student-athletes at the annual Huskie Athletic Support Fund Kickoff from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, at Victor E. Court in the NIU Convocation Center.

The HASF Kickoff event is open to all NIU fans and will be held prior to the Northern Illinois men’s basketball game versus Kent State, which tips off at 3 p.m. at the Convocation Center. A basketball game ticket is required for admission, and the Huskie Athletic Support Fund is providing a free game ticket to anyone who wants to attend.

To obtain a free ticket, call the HASF office at (815) 753-1923 by Friday, Feb. 11.

This year’s HASF Kickoff will give NIU fans a chance to meet and interact with Doeren and his assistant coaches, and hear directly from Doeren, other Huskie head coaches and student-athletes, as well as Jeff Compher, associate vice president and director of athletics.

Complete information on 2011 football season tickets, and on purchasing tickets for Soldier Field Showdown II, the highly anticipated Sept. 17 match-up between Northern Illinois and Wisconsin in downtown Chicago will be available. 

Members of the Huskie Athletics staff will be on hand to answer questions as the HASF officially begins its 2011 Annual Fund Drive. The HASF has enjoyed four consecutive years of record growth in both number of donors and in dollars raised to support Huskie student-athletes and is aiming even higher in 2011. The 2010 Annual Fund Drive saw 1,525 donors contribute more than $1.3 million to NIU Athletics.

Donations received through the Huskie Athletic Support Fund are distributed directly into each Huskie sport program’s budget, providing an immediate impact on every Northern Illinois student-athlete. HASF monies are used for such items as transportation, enhancing schedules, equipment upgrades and more.

At the 2011 kickoff, fans will be treated to free food and drink, and members of the Huskie Athletic Support Fund can pick-up their 2011 season ticket and HASF renewal packets. HASF renewal packets that are not picked up at the kickoff event will be mailed. Information on season tickets, as well as NIU-Wisconsin Soldier Field Showdown II tickets, also will be available online at next week.

For more information on the HASF, the 2011 Annual Fund Drive or Northern Illinois football tickets, call (815) 753-1923.