Local Businesses, Huskie Fans Invited to August 25 Events at Whiskey Acres

Name, Image and Likeness Education Summit to Precede Summer Circuit Gathering with NIU Coaches


NIL Education Summit

Northern Illinois University Athletics will hold a pair of free events at Whiskey Acres (11504 Keslinger Rd., DeKalb) on Thursday, August 25 with fans invited to the End of Summer Circuit featuring NIU head coaches beginning at 5 p.m., preceded by a NIL Education Summit targeted toward the local business community at 3:30 p.m.  
Before the Summer Circuit, local businesses are invited to attend the Name, Image and Likeness (NIL) Education Summit. During this one-hour session, Huskie athletics personnel will provide information on the new laws surrounding NCAA student-athletes' ability to profit from their name, image and likeness by partnering with businesses, charities and other organizations. The staff will discuss the ways in which these arrangements can benefit both parties and the regulations surrounding NIL, which can be different from state to state and even among institutions in the same state. 

To RSVP for the NIL Education Summit, businesses or individuals are asked to email Courtney Vinson, NIU senior associate athletic director for sports administration, at cvinson1@niu.edu.   

The End of Summer Circuit stop in DeKalb brings together coaches from many of NIU's sports programs, including football's Thomas Hammock, basketball coach Lisa Carlsen and volleyball head coach Ray Gooden, along with Sean T. Frazier, NIU vice president and director of athletics and recreation. The coaches will preview their upcoming seasons and share the latest news about their programs. The End of Summer Circuit event is free and open to all fans with no advance registration required. The Treehouse Pie Company food truck will be on hand with Whiskey Acres products also available for purchase.

Purchase NIU football, volleyball and basketball season tickets, pick up 2022-23 posters and schedule cards and get ready for an exciting season of Huskie athletics.
NIU Football season ticket members are invited to the 2022 NIU Football Kickoff Brunch on Saturday, August 27 from 9-11 a.m. at Fatty's Pub & Grille in DeKalb. Enjoy a brunch buffet and cash bar, and hear from NIU head coach Thomas Hammock, the Huskies' offensive, defensive and special teams coordinators just five days before the 2022 season opener. In addition, the 2022 NIU Football team captains will be on hand.

Purchase NIU season tickets for football, volleyball and basketball online now at NIUHuskies.com or by calling 815-753-PACK (7225) during regular business hours. Premium area tickets are also available on both a season and per game basis. For more information and to see all the options and prices, click here.
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Event Information

Cost: Free


3:30PM - 7:00PM Thu 25 Aug 2022, Central timezone


Whiskey Acres
11504 Keslinger Rd.
DeKalb, Illinois 60115

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The NIU Foundation and NIU Alumni Association recognize that the pandemic is, and will continue to be, a fluid situation and will abide by whatever mandates and guidelines that have been established at the local and state level.

We deeply respect and greatly appreciate our donors, alumni, community and friends. As we move forward – together – the NIU Foundation and NIU Alumni Association are committed to following the above guidance and making every effort to reduce any threat to everyone’s safety, health and well-being.

We hope that you will decide to join us at an upcoming event and we look forward to seeing you.

Hand sanitizer and disposable masks will be available at our events. We encourage you to consider your health and personal well-being when deciding whether to attend.

Be well, and stay safe.