DEKALB, Ill. (WIFR) For nine seasons at NIU, Diesel the Siberian husky roamed the end-zone following touchdowns, high-fiving cheerleaders and bringing smiles to the faces of football fans everywhere. Starting this Thursday, the spirit of Diesel will forever stand at Huskie Stadium.
Because of the work of some NIU diehards including Diesel's owner, Tom Bonnevier, a statue of the former mascot will be dedicated prior to the game against Eastern Michigan.
Before his battle with lymphoma came to an end two years ago, fans could see Diesel at games from 2005 to 2013.
Holly Musselman, a member of the board of directors for the Diesel Memorial Project, says she already knows she's going to tear up when she catches a glimpse of the bronze husky.
"It's a great memorial to Diesel and to Tom and the joy that they brought to so many fans for so many years and it's a gift," said Musselman. "It's a gift to the university and it's a gift to NIU fans for years to come. They'll be able to walk up and high-five with Diesel, and have photo-ops with their kids. It's just going to be wonderful."
Musselman says the project is still in need of about $5,000 to $6,000 to pay for the statue.
If you would like to donate, follow this link: https://www.gofundme.com/uqs9qmrn
You can also send donations to the First National Bank in DeKalb to the Diesel Memorial Project.