NIU's athletic department and student association organized a donation effort at the block party outside Huskie Stadium prior to the spring game. Fan donations came flying in prior to the game, flooding the student association's table. NIU put everything together the day after Thursday's tornadoes ripped through the area.
"It was really a no-brainer," said NIU marketing director Morris White. "I think a lot of people in the athletics department at the university thought about those victims, and we wanted to make sure with the block party, we provided an outlet for people to donate. It came together just yesterday to be honest with you, our department got together really quickly and put in place what we wanted for the fans."
"As soon as the Red Cross and the Council call us, we're gonna pack up the team and head up there for cleanup relief," said NIU football coach Rod Carey after the spring game. "It's the right thing to do, it's what you have to do. It's part of our community that was affected by those tornadoes, so we're going to respond in kind the way I think you should."