Big Boys, Big Hearts

Dec. 29, 2004

Editor’s Note: The following was written by Pat Harty and first appeared in Dec. 28 editions of the Iowa City Press-Citizen.

Before they were college football players with big muscles, they were kids with big dreams.

Those two worlds came together Tuesday as members from the Iowa and Louisiana State University football teams participated in the annual Kids Festival, a community outreach portion of the Capital One Bowl.

About 150 under-privileged kids from central Florida attended the event. It was held on a baseball field next to the Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium Complex.

Each kid was matched with a player from both teams. The players and kids ate lunch together before participating in a number of activities, including an inflatable obstacle course and face painting.

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