Arizona State Football Team To Support Multiple Sclerosis Walk

Feb. 28, 2003

Arizona State University Head Football Coach Dirk Koetter will serve as honorary chairman of the 15th annual Multiple Sclerosis 'Walk on the Wild Side' presented by Barrow Neurological Institute, St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center, on Saturday, March 8, 2003 at The Phoenix Zoo. In addition to Coach Koetter, 90 members (student-athletes and coaches) of the Sun Devil football program will be on hand to assist with the walk.

Koetter will complete his second year as honorary chair of the event, which will raise nearly $350,000 to support the mission of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society: to end the devastating effects of multiple sclerosis. It is a morning event for walkers of all ability levels and ages. Approximately 3,000 participants will make a six-mile walk (one-mile route is also available). The event begins at 7:30 a.m. and registration begins at 6 a.m. Koetter will make some opening remarks to kickoff the event and give the walkers a final 'thank you' following the event.

ASU team members and coaches will volunteer in three groups: 1) assisting with registration; 2) serving breakfast to the walk participants; and, 3) leading warmups/stretching. Football players will also assist with the start of the walk, the finish line, rest stops along the route and some will even walk the route. The team and coaches will be on site from 6:45 a.m. until 10 a.m.

The MS Walk begins at the Salt River Project (1600 N. Priest) in Tempe. Walkers will wind their way through the Phoenix Zoo, the Desert Botanical Garden and finish back at SRP.

To participate in the MS 'Walk on the Wild Side' each walker is asked to support the MS Society through a minimum donation of $25.

KISS 104.7 FM will broadcast live from the event outside the Phoenix Zoo.

For additional information, please contact Heidi Hale at the local MS Society (480-968-2488) or visit www.dsw.nmss.org.

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