Northern Illinois University head coaches and members of the athletics staff will hit the road for four days this June for the Huskie Summer Circuit, the annual “tour” that brings NIU Athletics to fans and alumni throughout the region.
The Huskie Summer Circuit, which made its debut in 2014, returns to Rockford (June 1), Chicago (June 2) and Aurora (June 3) in 2015, with an added stop in Schaumburg (June 4) for the convenience of Huskie fans in the northern suburbs.
At each event, fans will hear from Sean T. Frazier (NIU associate vice president and drector of Athletics) and the head coaches from each of the Huskies’ 17 sports programs, including football’s Rod Carey, Mark Montgomery of men’s basketball and volleyball coach Ray Gooden.
This year’s Summer Circuit opens at Franchesco’s (7182 Spring Creek Road) in Rockford on Monday, June 1, and heads to Joe’s Bar on Weed Street (940 W. Weed St.) in Chicago on Tuesday, June 2. Fans in the western suburbs can meet the Huskies at Two Brothers Roundhouse (205 N. Broadway) in Aurora on Wednesday, June 3, with the final stop on the bus tour on Thursday, June 4, at Chandler’s (401 North Roselle Road) in Schaumburg. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. each evening.
Frazier said he looks forward to seeing many Huskie fans and alumni at this year’s Summer Circuit events.
“I really enjoy the chance to get on the road with our coaches for the Summer Circuit in June,” Frazier said.
“Throughout the year, we ask fans to come to DeKalb to watch our team and support our events, so getting to meet and talk with Huskie supporters in their home areas is energizing for me and our staff. With approximately 137,000 living alums in the greater Chicagoland area, it’s important that we get out to these locations in Rockford, Chicago, Schaumburg and Aurora and meet as many Huskies as possible.”
Each stop on the Huskie Summer Circuit will have music, appetizers, a cash bar and a raffle for great prizes like tickets to NIU sporting events, Huskie apparel and more.
Attendees will hear from Frazier, Carey and the head coaches in group and individual settings and several Huskie student-athletes may also be in attendance at each stop. Information on purchasing football and volleyball season tickets and becoming a donor to the Huskie Athletic Fund will be available.
Everyone is invited to join the fun.
Register by Monday, May 25, to receive the special pricing of just $10 to attend any of the four stops. Sign up online, download and mail the form or call (815) 753-1923. After May 25, and at the door, the cost will be $20 per person.
In addition to the $10 advance pricing for the general public, current NIU students are invited to come out and meet the Huskie coaches for the special price of just $5 for all tickets sold in advance. Students must show a valid NIU OneCard at the door to receive the $5 price. Pricing at the door for students will be $20.
NIU also will admit all current members of the Huskie Pup Club to any Summer Circuit event for free with advance registration required. The offer is good for Pup Club members for 2014-15 or new members for 2015-16.
For more information on NIU athletics, visit www.niuhuskies.com.