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NIU coaches hit the road in June for Huskie Summer Circuit

March 16, 2016
Mark Montgomery

Mark Montgomery

With the first day of spring still a few days away, Northern Illinois University Athletics has announced the dates and locations for the 2016 Huskie Summer Circuit, the annual “tour” that brings NIU Athletics head coaches and staff in contact with fans and alumni throughout the region.

The Huskie Summer Circuit, which made its debut in 2014, will make four stops during the first week of June, beginning at its newest location, Trophy Room in Chicago (Wednesday, June 1).

The Huskies will be at Chandler’s in Schaumburg on Thursday, June 2, and return to Franchesco’s in Rockford (Monday, June 6) and Two Brothers Roundhouse in Aurora (Tuesday, June 7) to close out this summer’s events.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. each evening of the Huskie Summer Circuit.

At each event, fans will hear from Sean T. Frazier, NIU associate vice-president and director of Athletics, as well as the head coaches from each of the Huskies’ 17 sports programs.

The roster includes football’s Rod Carey, Mark Montgomery of men’s basketball, women’s basketball coach Lisa Carlsen and volleyball coach Ray Gooden.

Frazier said he looks forward to seeing many Huskie fans and alumni at this year’s Summer Circuit events.

“I love heading out on the Huskie Summer Circuit with our coaches and meeting the passionate NIU fans and alumni each June,” Frazier said. “Going out on the road to these locations and engaging with our fans one-on-one is a great opportunity for all of us to tell our story and spread the news about what we have going on at NIU Athletics. This year, I want to encourage all of our fans and alumni to come out, meet me, our staff and our coaches – and bring a friend.”

Lisa Carlsen

Lisa Carlsen

Each stop on the Huskie Summer Circuit will have music, appetizers, a cash bar and a raffle for great prizes such as tickets to NIU sporting events, Huskie apparel and more.

Attendees will hear from Frazier, Carey and all of the head coaches in group and individual settings. Information on purchasing football and volleyball season tickets and becoming a donor to the Huskie Athletic Fund will be available.

Huskie Summer Circuit stops are open to everyone. Register in advance to attend any of the four Huskie Summer Circuit events for just $10, or pay $20 at the door each day.

Sign up online, download and mail the form linked above or call (815) 753-0800. Advance registration ends one week prior to each event so reserve your spot today and make plans now to get all the latest news and information directly from NIU Athletics coaches and staff this June. Current NIU students pay just $5 with a valid NIU OneCard. Pricing at the door for students will be $20.

NIU will also admit all current members of the Kish Kids Pup Club to any Summer Circuit event for free with advance registration. The offer is good for Pup Club members for 2015-16 or new members for 2016-17. Look for registration form and information on the 2016-17 Kish Kids Pup Club soon.

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