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Saturday, Aug. 11 was a day to remember for Riverside’s Quinn Stumpf .
The 6-year-old Highland Elementary first-grader and her family were guests for Kids Day at Kinnick Stadium, along with 12 other 2018 Hawkeye Kid Captains.
The Kid Captain program is a partnership between the Hawkeyes and the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital, where a child is chosen as an honorary captain of each Hawkeye football game.
Quinn was born with a genetic disease so rare that it doesn’t have a name. A gene mutation, known as SPATA5, has resulted in various medical conditions, including epilepsy, blindness, hearing loss, dystonia, and opisthotonos, a condition which causes severe and rigid muscle spasms that result in backward arching of her head, neck, and spine.
She was chosen to be the honorary Kid Captain for the Hawkeyes’ Sept. 15 home game against the University of Northern Iowa.
“We were amazed and impressed by all the activities they put together for the kiddos,” Quinn’s mother, April, said. “The thought they put into it for a family who has a child in a wheelchair was amazing. It’s easy to overlook some things.”
The day started with a tour of the infamous pink visitors locker room, followed by a visit to the home locker room, where each Kid Captain had a personalized locker prepared for them.
“What they did in the home locker room brought tears to my eyes,” April said. “It was a breathtaking moment. It made us feel important and special.”
Each locker had a poster of that Kid Captain, a personalized Hawkeye jersey, trading cards and a football.
Senior football players came into the locker room to pose for pictures, sign autographs and visit with the Kid Captains.
The kids were led out of the locker room, making their way down the tunnel for their entrance onto the field.
Music blared in the stadium as the kids and football players were shown on the scoreboard making their way through the tunnel. Fans in the stands, who were there for the scheduled scrimmage, cheered as the kids and players came out of the tunnel.
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