The NIU athletics department has partnered with Active Heroes, a nonprofit organization that began as a result of a suicide. Active Heroes provides military families with financial assistance and programs that combat post-traumatic stress disorder and suicide.
Troy Yokum, who started the charity, lost his grandfather, a World War II Army Air Corps sergeant, to suicide. When Yokum was deployed in Iraq in 2008, he learned that 18 veterans per day were committing suicide. As a result, he was determined to walk across America upon his return to speak about the epidemic and raise funds for military families. He made that dream possible by trekking 7,880 miles across America in 2009 and creating Active Heroes in 2011.
Huskie fans can get involved with the fundraiser by visiting niu.activeheroes.org to bid on the 99 official adidas game jerseys. Bidding starts at $250 and fans can bid until Tuesday, November 19. The jerseys are black with numbers in a red camouflage pattern and display stars and stripes on the shoulders. They also include the Mid-American Conference logo on the right shoulder and a commemorative Active Heroes logo on the left shoulder.
During the game against Ball State University, NIU will honor the military, firemen, police, and first responders and is offering $10 game tickets to them. To receive the special price, call 815-753-1923.
Click here for general admission tickets, which range in price from $15 to $30. The 7 p.m. game, to be broadcast live on ESPN2, is expected to sell out since the football team is on a 9-0 winning streak.
The day also marks the inauguration of NIU President Douglas D. Baker, who will begin his speech at 3 p.m. at the Carl Sandburg Auditorium in the Holmes Student Center. Immediately following the inauguration, the community is invited to join Dr. Baker at a reception at the Chick Evans Field House.