5th Annual Ladies Football Academy will feature Chris Soules

April 15, 2015

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IOWA CITY, Iowa — Team up with coach Kirk Ferentz, members of the University of Iowa football team and coaching staff, and Chris Soules, The Bachelor and Dancing with the Stars celebrity, by participating in the fifth annual Ladies Football Academy at Kinnick Stadium.

Set for Saturday, June 6 (11 a.m.-4:30 p.m.), the event is held to raise money for the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital. The Ladies Football Academy has donated $1 million to the new Children’s Hospital, currently under construction and scheduled to open next year, and has pledged an additional $1 million toward pediatric research.

Participants are able to enter the inner sanctum of Iowa football for the ultimate Hawkeye experience. Participants can meet their favorite players and coaches, and America’s favorite farmer, Iowa’s own Soules.

Ladies are able to learn the game while participating in skills and drills and enjoying a rare, behind-the-scenes look into where and how the Hawkeyes train. Participants experience the excitement and energy inside the Black & Gold locker room and the rush of swarming the Kinnick Stadium playing field to the sound of “Back in Black”.

“It is a privilege and a thrill to be associated with University of Iowa Children’s Hospital and the Ladies Football Academy,” Soules said. “A lot of people work extremely hard to make this event the success it is every year. I look forward to being part of such a wonderful cause in our state.”

Campers are able to check out the visiting team’s pink locker room and win exclusive, authentic Iowa football prizes.

This year’s Honorary Captain is 5-year-old Luke, son of Katie and Ryan Baustian from the Quad Cities. Born at 23 weeks and weighing 1-pound, 5-ounces, Luke spent five months in the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Because of this specialized care, Luke is on course for a healthy, happy childhood. He and his brother, Jake, are ready to show off their moves at this year’s event.

All money raised by Ladies Football Academy participants benefits UI Children’s Hospital. UI Children’s Hospital has been dedicated to meeting the health care needs of children and families since 1919. As the only comprehensive children’s hospital in Iowa, and the only one in Iowa ranked nationally for pediatric care, UI Children’s Hospital provides care for children from birth to young adulthood. Services range from promoting wellness to the care of general childhood illness, surgery, traumatic injuries, life-threatening and chronic illnesses, and developmental disabilities. UI Children’s Hospital is also home to Iowa’s only Level 4 NICU, as designated by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

As part of an academic medical center, UI Children’s Hospital also performs groundbreaking research to help solve the mysteries of childhood diseases, in addition to training the next generation of health care professionals.

For more information, and to sign up for Ladies Football Academy, visit www.iowaladiesfootballacademy.com

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