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New Hampshire Home Opener Dedicated to Karim Brothers’ Recovery Fund

Sep 28, 2011, 9:54 AM EDT

This Saturday’s 12 p.m. football game between the No. 7/9 University of New Hampshire 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.

Muji Karim (credit: Michael Silverwood)

“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.”

Husain Karim (credit: Michael Silverwood)

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.

Muji Karim with David Ball (left) and Matt Parent (right)

“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.”

Husain Karim (credit: Michael Silverwood)

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.

For more information on the Karim brothers, their recovery fund and this Saturday’s game visit