Fans and friends of Northern Illinois University Athletics are invited to join Huskie coaches and staff on Thursday, July 20 at Eduardo’s Restaurant in DeKalb (214 E. Lincoln Highway) as NIU will kick off a “tour” celebrating the first Jacoby Trophy win in school history. The free event will begin at 6:30 p.m. and includes free appetizers, with drinks available for purchase.
NIU was presented with the Jacoby Trophy, the award presented to the top women’s athletic program in the Mid-American Conference, in May as the Huskies defeated Kent State to claim the honor for the first time. Nine of NIU’s 10 women’s sports programs finished in the top half of the MAC during either regular season or tournament play, led by the Huskie volleyball team, which claimed the MAC tournament title for the first time since 2001.
Thursday’s event will feature the NIU women’s sports coaches, who will give an update on their programs, as well Associate Vice-President and Director of Athletics Sean T. Frazier.
“I look forward to seeing many of our fans and community members Thursday at Eduardo’s as we celebrate this Jacoby Trophy victory with our coaches and staff,” Frazier said. “We are excited to share the trophy with our fans at NIU and community events throughout the year through the Jacoby Trophy Tour.”
NIU will celebrate the Jacoby Trophy win throughout the 2017-18 school year with a “trophy tour.” The Jacoby Trophy will be on display at select events throughout the year, including select game days, Coffee with Carlsen breakfasts and community events. A complete Jacoby Trophy Tour Calendar will be published and punch cards distributed. Fans who attend a select number of events will receive an exclusive gift commemorating NIU’s first Jacoby Trophy win.
After Thursday night’s event at Eduardo’s, the next opportunities to see the Jacoby Trophy and receive punches will take place on Tuesday, August 8 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in Downtown Sycamore as part of “Tuesday’s on the Town,” and on Thursday, August 10 at Fifth Third Bank Stadium in Geneva during NIU Night at the Kane County Cougars game.
The entire Jacoby Trophy Tour calendar and schedule, as well as more details on the prizes available, will be released later this month.