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Annual Game Ball Run

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TAMA (KWWL) -

  Fans are gearing up for one of the biggest rivalry games of the year.
  The Hawkeyes travel to Ames tomorrow to meet the Cyclones...
   Friday, the Cy-Hawk game ball made its way to Jack Trice Stadium in Ames.
   KWWL caught up with the universities during the Annual ROTC Game Ball Run.

School pride was ringing loud and clear all across Eastern Iowa.
 It's an annual tradition, as ROTC cadets from Iowa and Iowa State carry the game ball from stadium to stadium.
  Yes, the long standing rivalry between the schools even extends to the ROTC.

 "When ever we do a training event, its always kind of a conflict but there is always competition who's better," said Benjamin Brixius, the ISU Cadet Battalion Commander. 

But, the two programs also say the Annual Game Ball Run encourages friendship across university lines.
"It kinda promotes unity in the state and team spirit between the ROTC with friendly rivalry," said Michael Whetstone, the UI Battalion XO.

Tama has played host to the two rival schools since the start of this tradition. Welcoming both schools to the town for the exchange of the ball.
All along the route, the cadets are greeted by fans.

"The Hawkeyes, they'll come out and yell at us. Both sides, one will cheer us on and one will kind of shoot us down, but either way its all fun," said Brixius.
 As for game predictions. . .
"Definitely always expect a win," said Whetstone.
"I'm excited, I hope its a blow out," said Brixius.

But for now., the game ball continues the journey to Jack Trice Stadium.    

Today's run was about more than the football game.
 UI collected can food donations along the way.
 and Iowa State stopped to visit residents at the Marshalltown veterans home.

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