Spartans Football Donate to Dubuque Dream Center

Nov 18, 2015

The University of Dubuque and Loras College donated a check in the amount of $2,000 to the Dubuque Dream Center from gate proceeds from the annual football game. Those present for the donation were (pictured left-right): Steve Helminiak (Loras Head Football Coach), Calvin Harridge (Loras student-athlete), Dan Runkle (University of Dubuque Athletic Director), Robert Kimble (Executive Director of Dubuque Dream Center), Stan Zweifel (University of Dubuque Head Football Coach), and Jay Schiesl (Communications Director at Dubuque Dream Center). 


DUBUQUE, Iowa - The University of Dubuque Spartans and Loras College Duhawks first squared off on the gridiron in 1909 – a rivalry that today is referred to as the Key City Clash. The competition – intense and even sometimes fierce – brings out the most in our student-athletes and fans – in a matchup which annually jump-starts a renewed level of sportsmanship and mutual respect, to bring us an exciting college football game day. Today the two schools made a $2,000 donation from a portion of the gate receipts to the Dubuque Dream Center, a center built on Dr. King's dream of transforming communities by embracing, empowering, and unifying those who live there. The 2015 donation marks the eighth consecutive year the two schools have given back to a non-profit organization within the local community. 

In the spirit of sportsmanship and mutual respect, and in a desire to give back to our local community and what it means to be faith-based institutions the The University of Dubuque and Loras College contribute a portion of the gate receipts from this annual event to a non-profit organization. It is with appreciation to our players, fans, and the Dubuque Community that Presidents Dr. Jeffrey Bullock and Jim Collins present this year’s support to The Dubuque Dream Center – a center built on Dr. King's dream of transforming communities by embracing, empowering, and unifying those who live there. Organizations who have received donations from the game are: United Way (2008), Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Eastern Iowa (2009), the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Dubuque (2010), Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque Flood Relief (2011), Riverview Center (2012), Opening Doors Maria House-Teresa Shelter (2013), the Gabriel Project (2014), and the Dubuque Dream Center (2015).

Since Dubuque played a key role in the early development of the state, Dubuque is often referred as "The Key City". The winner of the Key City Clash will proudly display the traveling trophy for the following year at their school. One side of the key is painted blue and white to represent the University of Dubuque while the other is painted in purple and gold for Loras College. 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. The Spartans have won the last five meetings, while the Duhawks won the first three meetings.

2008 -  Loras College won 42-6 at Rock Bowl

2009 – Loras College won 43-14 at Chalmers Field

2010 – Loras College won 14-6 at Rock Bowl

2011 – University of Dubuque won 41-16 at Chalmers Field

2012 – University of Dubuque won 45-0 at Rock Bowl

2013 - University of Dubuque won 56-0 at Chalmers Field

2014 - University of Dubuque won 34-7 at Rock Bowl

2015 - University of Dubuque won 42-7 at Chalmers Field