On Saturday, November 3, the Loras College and University of Dubuque football teams will renew their rivalry and play the fifth annual "Key City Clash". For the past four seasons, the two post-secondary institutions in Dubuque who sponsor football have collaborated to contribute 100% of the gate receipts to a local charity.
Each year the home institution selects a charity and consults with the visiting institution for approval. This year, Loras College and President Jim Collins selected the Riverview Center.
Riverview Center is creating a community free of violence through our violence prevention initiatives.
The Duhawks and Spartans will kickoff at 1:00 PM on Saturday afternoon in the Rock Bowl.
The winner of the annual game gains possession of the "Key to the City".
The wooden key presented to the winner each year is six feet in length and boasts the school colors of each of the two teams on either side. Each time one of the schools wins the annual game, they will have a three inch lead "L" or "D" added to the key's "chain", stamped with the date of the game on it. The teams chose lead as the material to be used in recognition of Julien Dubuque's time as a lead miner in the late 17-and early 1800's and his role as an early settler of the tri-state area.
After Loras won the inaugural game 42-6 in the Rock Bowl on October 25, 2008, the teams moved to Chalmers Field in 2009 and presented the trophy to the winner for the first time. Loras won the first ever night game between the two schools, 43-14, and claimed the trophy for the first time on October 10, 2009. On October 9, 2010, Loras returned to the Rock Bowl and retained the ‘Key’ with a 14-6 win. On September 17, 2011, the Spartans took possession of the ‘Key’ for the first time with a 41-16 win at Chalmers Field.
Through eight weeks of the 2012 season, Loras owns a 2-6 overall record and is 1-4 in Iowa Conference play. Dubuque is 3-5 overall and 2-3 in the Iowa Conference.
Riverview Center’s vision statement reads:
Riverview Center is creating a community free of violence through our violence prevention initiatives, including educational programming that empowers individuals, fosters empathy, and helps to develop social skills that emphasize respect, equality, and non-violent conflict resolution. Our educators present in every classroom in every school in our service area. In addition to schools, our violence prevention education programming is available to all community groups and businesses.
Riverview Center is operated by President/CEO Josh Jasper and serves five counties in northeast Iowa and northwest Illinois. They are online at – www.riverviewcenter.org