The NIU athletic department is getting ready to hold virtual versions of two annual events in June, with the Victor E. Bash and Huskie Summer Circuit moving online.
First up is the Huskie Summer Circuit on June 3. Fans will be able to ask questions via the YouTube Live Chat or can submit questions in advance by registering for free at NIUHuskies.com. There will also be a drawing for prizes, including pregame sideline access and Huskie gear, for registered fans.
Similar to the in-person Summer Circuit events held at different venues throughout Chicagoland over the last four years, the 2020 Summer Circuit will include updates from every NIU head coach, a chance to submit questions, and the latest news from Frazier. Andy Garcia, co-host of the NIU Weekly Radio Show and member of the Huskie Radio Network team, will host the event.
The Victor E. Bash, formerly the Victory E. Ball, will run for 10 days from 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 premier 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.”
The auction runs from the 10th through the 19th, while a kickoff bash will air on the YouTube channel at 7 p.m. June 10, hosted by Bill Baker. At 7 p.m. on June 12, Jordan Lynch will take part in a live interview with Frazier and host Donna Turner, NIU Associate Athletic Director for Communications, to talk about Lynch's 2013 season in which he was a Heisman finalist.
On June 15, Chandler Harnish will host an NIU in the Pros panel at 7 p.m. The full list of participants is to be determined but may include Max Scharping, Michael Turner, Larry English and current NIU coach Thomas Hammock.
There will be a virtual spirit pull on June 18. Purchase a number for $35 and receive the bottle of wine or spirit that matches your number, worth from $35 to $175.
Also that day is a watch party of the 2003 NIU win over Maryland, then a wrap-up event on the 19th.