Northern Illinois University will partner with the City of DeKalb and area businesses in highlighting the history and tradition of NIU football through window displays throughout DeKalb’s downtown business district. A ceremonial unveiling of the first display will take place during a 1 p.m. ceremony Tuesday, July 22, at the Lincoln Inn, 240 E. Lincoln Hwy.
DeKalb Mayor John Rey and NIU President Doug Baker will be joined by 1951 First-Team Little All-America quarterback Bob Heimerdinger, 1963 First-Team Little All-America quarterback and College Football Hall of Famer George Bork and NIU Associate Vice President/Director of Athletics Sean Frazier for the unveiling of “Leadership…Excellence…History,” which salutes NIU All-American quarterbacks Heimerdinger, Bork and Jordan Lynch.
The unveiling will be followed by cake, cookies and refreshments at the Lincoln Inn.
The window image is the first of 22 images to be installed at 18 different locations. Images will include NIU head coaches, student athletes, marching band, cheerleaders, Silverettes and fans from more than a century of NIU football since 1899.
The window initiative began in 2013 with 10 locations. Like other collaborations such as the Communiversity in Bloom floral displays, Communiversity Garden and the recent IHSA Football Championships, the window initiative is the result of the close collaboration by the university, the City of DeKalb and civic and business leaders.