Kirk Ferentz To Speak in Des Moines on Monday

The first opportunity for Hawk fans to hear Kirk Ferentz give his observations about spring football practice and the spring game and also be able to ask him questions will occur Monday, April 22nd in West Des Moines. The Polk County 'I' Club will host Iowa Coach Kirk Ferentz and select football team representatives at their annual spring football banquet.

Are you ready for some football? You should be as the Hawks won't just be blowing bubbles when they take the field next fall. Iowa should be pumped and primed for a run at Big Ten honors.

The first stop on the 'I' Club tour after the spring game is the Capital city.

Just two days after the spring game, Iowa Head Football Coach, Kirk Ferentz, will be at the Val Air Ballroom in West Des Moines. Coach Ferentz will give his overview of Iowa Football, where they are and what needs to be done.

The doors will open at 5:30 p.m. with ample time to quench your thirst with various available alternatives including alcoholic beverages of all kinds. Sodas will also be available.

Dinner will begin at 6:15 with the program to follow at 7. Door prizes will include Hawk Shop items. In addition, there will be a silent auction.

I Love It, I Love It, I Love It!, Hawkeye Radio Legend, Jim Zabel, will be there to emcee the evening's festivities.

Two awards will be given. The team's most inspirational player will receive the Bud Flood Fighting Hawk Award. The outstanding team captain will receive the John Nocera Captain's Award.

The dinner, provided by Central Catering, will feature a good old buffet meal of chicken, ham, potatoes, homemade rolls, salads, desert....just like grandma used to make. He promises to go all out to send Hawk fans home stuffed like a Christmas Goose.

Tickets are available in person at Pal Joey's, 6224 Grand Avenue in Des Moines or through the mail at the following address : P.O. Box 1723, Des Moines, IA, 50306. Tickets are $25 each except for the $5 tickets available for kids 10 and under.

Tables of eight can be reserved either at Pal Joey's or by calling Joe Chmelka at 515-245-6280

The Stats:

Date: April 22nd, 2002

Place: Val Air Ballroom

Address: 301 Ashworth Road, West Des Moines

Social: 5:30 p.m.

Dinner: 6:15 p.m.

Program: 7:00 p.m.

Tickets: $25 each, $5 kids 10 and under.

Traditionally, after the event, fans drive two blocks to Pal Joey's where they can have a semi-private conversation with Jim Zabel. However, bring money to buy Jim's drinks. He tells much better stories when having a libation. The longer you stay, the better the stories become.

See you there!

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