DURHAM, N.H. – This Saturday's 12 p.m. football game between No. 7/9 UNH and Holy Cross at Cowell Stadium is being dedicated to former UNH players Husain and Muji Karim, head coach Sean McDonnell announced Tuesday. Donations will be accepted for the ongoing recovery of the Karim brothers, who were critically injured in a horrific auto accident in Boston last month.
"This is an exciting opportunity to support two great kids who gave a lot to this football program," McDonnell said. "We hope our fans will reach into their hearts and their pockets to help Husain and Muji out during this very difficult time."
Former teammates David Ball and E.J. DeWitt, and other former UNH student-athletes, including Kate Uitti (volleyball) and Rhyan Radack (women's soccer), are spearheading fundraising efforts for the Karim Brothers' Recovery Fund. The Wildcat alums will lead a group of volunteers distributing blue and silver ribbons to any fans making a donation on game day. In addition, Karim brother t-shirts will be on sale for $20 with all proceeds going to the Karims' recovery efforts.
"These recent circumstances brought back a lot of memories of my time at UNH and the lessons we learned as teammates," Ball said. "You hear all the time that members of a football team are like a brotherhood, but rarely do people get the opportunity to experience that firsthand like we did. Husain and Muji are our brothers, and it is going to be an unbelievable experience to honor and pay tribute to them during their time of need while the two schools they represented go head-to-head."
The Karims are in the midst of a long and arduous recovery process from catastrophic injuries sustained in a single-car accident on Storrow Drive; Husain at Massachusetts General Hospital and Muji at Brigham and Women's Hospital.
In addition to game day donations, anyone wishing to make a donation can mail a check payable to c/o Alison Segar, 49 Fletcher Place, Burlington, VT 05401, with a note indicating payment is for the Karim Brothers' Recovery Fund.
Husain, a linebacker, was the team leader in tackles during his two seasons as a Wildcat, amassing 108 stops as a junior in 2006 and tying Jeff Pammer for the squad lead with 130 tackles, the fourth-highest single-season total in school history, as a senior in '07 to earn the team's Jock MacKenzie/Bob Demers 12th Player Award. Husain played the first two seasons of his career at Holy Cross, where he amassed 95 tackles between 2003 and '04.
Muji, a four-year letter winner at safety and linebacker from 2003-06, was the University's 12th Player Award winner in '06. His career highlight was a 60-yard fumble return for a touchdown in a 27-17 triumph against Richmond at Cowell Stadium on Oct. 7, 2006, the same day Ball supplanted Jerry Rice as the all-time Division I FCS record holder for career touchdown receptions.
UNH plays host to Holy Cross this Saturday, Oct. 1, at 12 p.m. in the home opener at Cowell Stadium. For tickets, visit www.unhwildcats.com or call (603) 862-4000, x 5.