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UNI athletics to host Virtual Rally in the Valley

This news story was published on April 30, 2020.
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CEDAR FALLS – In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Northern Iowa Athletics Department and Panther Scholarship Club has changed the format of the 12th Annual Rally in the Valley presented by Cedar Valley Dental Associates. This year’s Rally in the Valley will be a virtual event, Rally in the Valley at Home presented by Cedar Valley Dental Associates, and UNI athletics encourages our Panther Family to come together during this challenging time.

“The Rally in the Valley brings Panther fans together to celebrate our student-athletes and we want the 2020 event to continue that tradition in a different format,” Director of Athletics David Harris said. “We cannot wait to be back together in person, but we are excited to embrace a virtual event for this year and raise vital funds for student-athlete scholarships.”

All proceeds from Rally in the Valley at Home will go to the Rally in the Valley Scholarship Fund. These funds are used to provide scholarship support to student-athletes across all sports and are essential to the department’s growth and success.

The Rally in the Valley at Home opens Sunday, May 24 at 10 a.m. and ends on Saturday, May 30 at 8 p.m. All auction items and bidding will take place on the Handbid app, which is the same platform that has been used in previous years. UNI Athletics will also feature videos throughout the week with former student-athletes, administration, and special guests. Videos can be found by following UNI Athletics on Facebook and Twitter and will also be placed on

“The Rally in the Valley has a track record of success, not only in generating vital financial support for our program but in bringing our fans together for a fun evening,” Associate Athletics Director Nathan Christensen said. “During this difficult time, we hope all Panthers can virtually come together so we can celebrate our student-athletes. I want to thank our event sponsors and individual supporters with whom our staff has been in contact with over the last several weeks. Their response has been overwhelmingly positive through this challenging time.”

Individuals that have already registered for Rally in the Valley can either donate their registration fee to the Rally in the Valley Scholarship Fund or be reimbursed. A PSC staff member will be in touch with you regarding this fee. For more information about the raffle, to download the Handbid app or to donate, please visit
The Rally in the Valley Raffle will proceed as normal and those winners will be announced Saturday, May 30. Raffle tickets can still be purchased and sent to the PSC office, but we must receive your tickets and payment by Wednesday, May 27 for you to be eligible. If you did not receive tickets, but would like to participate, please email the PSC office at

1st Place – $5,000

2nd Place – $500
3rd Place – $500

Rally in the Valley at Home is presented by Cedar Valley Dental Associates. We would like to thank our virtual event sponsors: Hy-Vee, Martin Brothers, Fahr Beverage, and Around the Corner Productions. We are also grateful for those that registered to be table sponsors for this year’s event. ACES, Benton Ready Mix, Brad Jacobson State Farm, The Courier, Dale Howard Motor Company, Dan Deery Toyota, Manatts, Panther Builders, RSM, and Waterloo Warehousing & Service Co., Inc.

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