Bluder's Bunch to Salute Cedar Rapids Area, UI Commuity Fans

Feb. 12, 2007

IOWA CITY – The University of Iowa women’s basketball program is making plans to salute the citizens of two eastern Iowa communities who consistently show their support for the Bluder’s Bunch and women’s intercollegiate athletics at the UI.

Sunday, Feb. 18, has been designated “University of Iowa Community Day” when the Lisa Bluder’s squad entertains Penn State at 2 p.m. in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. UI faculty and staff who present their current UI identification card and their guests will pay only $2 admission and, as is always the case, current UI students will be admitted free.

Fans should click HERE for a summary of the variety of prizes ranging from tickets to the home games of the 2007 University of Iowa football team, 2008 UI men’s and women’s basketball and wrestling team and rounds of golf at Finkbine Golf Course to $10 gift certificates to the Official Iowa Hawk Shop that can be won by attending the game and the official registration form to bring with them to the Arena to be eligible to win.

Sunday, Feb. 25, has been designated “Cedar Rapids Area Day” when Iowa squares off against Wisconsin at 2 p.m. Tickets priced at $3 are available for purchase by Cedar Rapids area friends of the University of Iowa and fans of the Iowa Hawkeyes are available at Future Systems located at 6045 Rockwell Drive NE in Cedar Rapids.

“As a Cedar Rapids-area business person and a fan of the Hawkeyes, I’m delighted to help make `Cedar Rapids Area Day’ as big a success as possible,” said Linda Hass, president of Future Systems.

Future Systems is one of several Cedar Rapids area businesses who have also purchased tickets for distribution among their employees and family members.

“Obviously, our student-athletes love to perform in front of an audience. And, from a competitive perspective, the larger the audience, the louder the audience, the more enthusiastic the audience the better,” said UI Coach Lisa Bluder.

“I’m also one of probably a handful who can claim to be a part of both communities, having grown up in Marion and now as a member of our University community,” Bluder added.

“These are two great communities that mean a great deal to our intercollegiate athletics program. To salute them in this very modest way seems like the very least we could do,” said Gary Barta, UI director of athletics.