Students who attend and stay for the entire duration of all six home football games can get a chance to win a semester of free tuition.
In order to be eligible for the drawing, students must download the Red Black Rewards app and use it to check in and prove they stayed for the entire game.
Assistant Athletic Director Morris White said the student who wins the tuition drawing will receive free tuition for a 12-credit-hour Spring 2016 semester, whether in-state or out-of-state.
The drawing is part of Athletics’ Mission 6 student attendance initiative, through which NIU hopes to meet a goal of 6,000 students attending each home football game, according to an Aug. 4 Athletics news release.
“Last year we averaged at about 5,000 students at our football games,” White said. “I thought, ‘how can we entice students to attend our games?’ So Mission 6 was born from that.”
White said he encourages all students who attend the home games to wear all red, with the exception of the blackout game Nov. 24, to create a comradery and show Huskie pride.
The app, which is free through the Apple Store and Google Play, asks for certain information from the students, including their names and which residence hall they live in (if any), and NIU is able to track how many games they’ve attended and for how long through the app.
There's a certain window of time students must check in, so students can't check in during the fourth quarter because it will already be too late, White said.
Students will also receive points in which they can redeem prizes and rewards through the app’s store, White said. Checking in at football games will give students five points, while checking in at volleyball, women’s soccer and men’s soccer games will earn app users 10 points, he said.
White said over 650 people have already downloaded the app, though it has only been live for a month.
The point system will carry out through the spring semester sports, he said.