New Program Says 'Thanks' to Active U.S. Military

Nov. 13, 2006

IOWA CITY – Coach Steve Alford and the Iowa Hawkeyes have introduced a new program that thanks active members of the U.S. Military for their service to the country by providing them the opportunity to enjoy a home game of the Iowa Hawkeyes with their family and/or friends.

The “Soldiers First” program offers five men or women who are on “active duty” with any branch of the U.S. Military the opportunity to cheer Alford’s 2006-07 Iowa squad with three guests.

“We are grateful for the sacrifices these men and women and their families make on our behalf. Providing admission to one of our home events to them and their family or friends seems like a very simple and straightforward way of saying `Thanks’,” said Alford.

Ticket requests will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Eligible servicemen and servicewomen can call the UI Sports Marketing Office at (319) 335-9431 to learn more about the “Soldier’s First” program. Information and a registration form are also on the home page for men’s basketball at, the official world wide web site of the Iowa Hawkeyes.

Alford and the Iowa Hawkeyes made the announcement of the “Soldiers First” program on the same day the UI’s men’s basketball program offered its salute to active, inactive and retired members of the U.S. Military in honor of Veterans Day 2006. Military personnel were offered free admission to the Hawkeyes’ 2006-07 regular season opener against The Citadel on Monday, Nov. 13, in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Soldiers First Registration Form
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