Hawkeyes to Fight Diabetes at Corridor Classic

March 27, 2006

On April 26, the University of Iowa baseball team takes on the Northern Iowa Panthers in the third annual Corridor Classic, held at Veterans Memorial Stadium – home of the Cedar Rapids Kernels. And while the Hawkeyes will be looking for their first win in the Classic, both teams will be teaming up to fight a much bigger opponent – diabetes.

The game is sponsored by the American Diabetes Association, which will hold a “Kiss a Pig” contest leading up to the game which will raise money for diabetes research.

“This is our key event,” Rex Eno, Chair of ADA Leadership Council for Eastern Iowa, said at Monday’s press conference announcing the game. “We raise a lot of money for research and education about diabetes, most of which stays in Iowa.”

The ADA gave the University of Iowa and Iowa State University at total of 1.1 million dollars in research grants last year. The disease effects 21 million people in America, with an additional 41 million suffering from pre-diabetic symptoms.

In its two years of existence, the Corridor Classic has raised over $170,000 for diabetes research.

“I found out last year my father has diabetes, so this game really hits home for me,” Iowa Head Coach Jack Dahm said.

Tickets for the Corridor Classic go on sale today (March 27) and are available at the University of Iowa (1-800 IA HAWKS) and Cedar Rapids Kernels (1-319 896-7560 ) ticket offices. Prices are $25 for mezzanine and pavilion, $9 for premier, $8 for club, $7 for plaza and $6 for lawn seating. Groups of 25 or more will receive a $2 per ticket discount on plaza and club level seats.

First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 26. The game should be thrilling on the field, as each school will be hosting promotions and giveaways throughout the night – making the Corridor Classic a must-attend spring event.

“We are working to make this one of the premier events in collegiate baseball,” Dahm said. “Attendance has been good both years, despite poor weather. We’re really looking forward to seeing what we can do when mother nature cooperates. I’d like to see this game sold out every year. I think this could become one hot ticket.”