Virtual Victor E. Bash set for June 10-19, 2020

Victor E Bash Splash
 
Over 10 days this June, Northern Illinois University Athletics fans, friends and alumni are invited to show their support for the Huskies’ 17 sports programs and 400 student-athletes by tuning in, bidding and donating during the 2020 Victor E. Bash.    
 
Already re-imagined from the Victor E. Ball events of the past to the new, more inclusive and casual Victor E. Bash for 2020, the “Bash” now moves to an online, virtual format that will be held June 10-19. Several different events during that 10-day period will showcase NIU’s history, provide an opportunity to win unique experiences and Huskie gear through the online auction, participate in a wine and spirits pull and hear from Huskie student-athletes and coaches, as well as alumni.
 
There is no charge to watch any of the events on NIU Athletics’ YouTube Channel or to sign up and participate in the online auction. Without a ticketed cost, donating and participating in the auction takes on an even greater significance in 2020, according to NIU Associate Vice-President and Director of Athletics Sean T. Frazier.
 
“There is no doubt NIU Athletics, just like the rest of the university and the rest of the country for that matter, has been and will be impacted financially by the COVID-19 pandemic,” Frazier said. “That makes the success of this year’s Victor E. Bash in this new, online format, more important than ever.
 
“The Victor E. Ball has been our premiere fundraising event since its inception in 2015. With all the programming – and we’ve got some great content planned – available to a wider audience than ever before, we look forward to having our Huskie Family from across the country step up and show their support this year.”
 
2020 Victor E. Bash Schedule of Events
 
June 10-19 – Victor E. Bash Online Auction 
Fans can bid on a wide variety of Huskie gear, signed memorabilia and experiences from all sports programs at all pricing levels. See the items Now and the bidding gets underway Wednesday, June 10 at 10 a.m. (CT).  The auction closes at 9 pm CT on Friday, June 19 when we close out the 2020 Victor E. Bash. Get in on the fun and support student-athlete scholarships AND get your hands on some cool items or experiences! New items will be added throughout the 10 days of the Victor E. Bash so bookmark the page and check back often.  
 
Wednesday, June 10, 7 p.m. – 2020 Victor E. Bash Kickoff (Watch Live on YouTube)
Host Bill Baker welcomes Frazier and several Huskie head coaches, and fans will hear from student-athletes in several NIU sports programs about how the support of NIU donors has enriched and contributed to their experience as Huskies.    
 
Friday, June 12, 7 p.m. – Heisman Memories with Jordan Lynch (Watch Live on YouTube)
NIU all-time great Jordan Lynch, Sean Frazier and host Donna Turner, NIU Associate Athletic Director for Communications, take fans behind the scenes at the historic 2013 Heisman Weekend and Ceremony, where the Huskie All-American became the highest placing player in Mid-American Conference history.
 
Monday, June 15, 7 p.m. – NIU in the Pros Panel Discussion (Premiere on YouTube)
Huskie football pros from the past to the present talk about their NIU and NFL experiences. NIU Football great and former Indianapolis Colts QB Chandler Harnish hosts this lively and fun discussion. Houston Texans guard Max Scharping, Atlanta Falcons All-Pro running back Michael Turner and Larry English, the highest draft choice in school history who spent five seasons in the NFL, have already expressed interest in being a part of the evening, which is also expected to include NIU head coach Thomas Hammock. The complete list of confirmed attendees available soon!
 
Wednesday, June 17, 7 p.m. – Virtual Wine and Spirits Pull (Online at Victor E. Bash Auction Website)
Everyone wins in this game. Purchase a number for $35 and receive the bottle of wine or spirit that matches your number, worth from $35 to $175!  You won’t know what you’ve won until the contents are revealed during the “pull”!
 
Thursday, June 18, 7 p.m. – Watch Party! NIU Defeats No. 15 Maryland in Huskie Stadium (Premieres on YouTube)
“Virtually” gather with Huskie fans around the country and relive the entire historic win over No. 15 Maryland that opened the legendary 2003 season. Enjoy added features and commentary from the participants, tweet us pictures of your “tailgate” set-up and NIU gear for the big game!   
 
Friday, June 19, 7 p.m. – 2020 Victor E. Bash Wrap-Up and Thank You Event (Watch on YouTube)
Bidding Closes in Victor E. Bash Online Auction – 9 p.m. (CT)
Help the Huskies surpass our goal during the final night of the Victor E. Bash. Huskie coaches, student-athletes and staff take time to say thank you to supporters and look forward to the 2020-21 seasons. Get those final – winning – bids in as the online auction closes at 9 p.m.
 
Fans are encouraged to subscribe to the NIU Athletics YouTube Channel now to never miss a video from NIU Athletics as the channel is being consistently populated with plenty of past season highlights, fun promotional videos, student-athlete stories and more.  All live shows and recordings from the Victor E. Bash will also be available to rewatch or see for the first time, anytime. Subscribe and then click on the bell at the top of the page to get a notification every time new content is added.
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