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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release


Aug. 28, 2012

Central Missouri and Northwest pair up to support Make-A-Wish Foundation

MARYVILLE, Mo. - The athletic departments and football teams from Central Missouri and Northwest Missouri State are pairing up to support the Make-A-Wish Foundation in honor of a special young girl.

Charly Erpelding is the daughter of former Bearcat football player Andy Erpelding, who played at Northwest Missouri from 1996-2000 where he spent two seasons as a teammate with current Northwest Head Coach Adam Dorrel. Charly was recently diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma and is currently undergoing treatments. She also has a connection to UCM football. Her father played for Mules Head Coach Jim Svoboda when he was an assistant coach at Northwest and Svoboda and his wife, Susie, are Charly’s godparents.

“Andy was a great teammate of mine,” Dorrel said. “We look forward to both outstanding fan bases supporting the Erpelding family.”

To show support for children with life-threatening medical conditions like Charly, the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee’s from both Central Missouri and Northwest Missouri State will be accepting of $2 or more for yellow “Bearcats and Mules for Charly” wristbands. The wristbands will be available in the parking lots of both Bearcat Stadium and Walton Stadium prior to each team’s respective home opener with 100 percent of the funds going to Make-A-Wish. Northwest opens its regular season at home Thursday night against East Central (Okla.).

NCAA D-II is in the ninth year of its sponsorship with Make-A-Wish. Last academic year, DII institutions raised more than $450,000 for the organization that grants wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions. In the nine years, Division II student-athletes have raised $2.4 million for the charity.

For more information, please contact:

Media Relations Department, Northwest Athletics | 660.562.1118 | Fax: 660.562.1582

Northwest Athletics
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