DeKALB – For the second consecutive fall, Northern Illinois University and the City of DeKalb have partnered to display window clings at DeKalb businesses featuring the NIU football program.
“The window clings are just one example of the collaboration between NIU and the City of DeKalb,” Mayor John Rey said. “We are so pleased to have that presence throughout the downtown area. The window clings are definitely an attraction, and I think people are looking forward to an increased presence this year.”
The window initiative began in 2013 with clings in 10 different locations. This year, that number has increased to 22 images at 18 different locations.
“I think these clings show that we have that spirit in the community, to build the support and get the fans in the stadium to root the teams on and have that home field advantage in Huskie Stadium,” NIU President Doug Baker said. “My thanks go out to the mayor, the city and all of the business merchants who have helped us with this.”
“When I look at the environment around DeKalb and the passion for NIU and NIU Athletics, it is very infectious, and this is a good testament to that,” NIU Associate Vice President and Director of Athletics Sean Frazier said. “On behalf of the athletic department, I would like to thank the community for its continued support and we are going to have a great fall season.”
The theme of this year’s display is the History and Tradition of NIU Football, and the clings will feature Huskie football players, coaches, band members, cheerleaders and fans. The first image, unveiled at the Lincoln Inn, celebrates NIU’s three First Team All-American quarterbacks, 1951 All-America Bob Heimerdinger, 1963 All-America, and College Football Hall of Famer, George Bork, and 2013 All-American Jordan Lynch. Heimerdinger and Bork were present at the unveiling.
“This is absolutely fantastic,” Bork said. “To think that so many stores are going to have similar pictures, it is a great way to advertise the program, advertise NIU and get total involvement from the community because the football team deserves all the recognition they can get. (Former NIU head coach) Joe Novak once said, ‘Don’t forget about the old-timers,’ and NIU has been very generous to us and we are certainly proud to be a part of NIU and its history.”