May 14, 2013
The Ladies' Football Academy is a fundraiser to benefit the University of Iowa Children's Hospital. The ladies-only event gives women a rare opportunity to team with UI head coach Kirk Ferentz and members of the Hawkeye coaching staff.
Those interested in participating, or being a sponsor for the upcoming event, can find additional information and register online at www.iowaladiesfootballacademy.com. Participants are required to pay a $50 registration fee and must raise a minimum of $500 for the UI Children's Hospital.
Highlights of the event include access to UI football facilities, including the new indoor training facility, the strength and conditioning workout facility, and Kinnick Stadium, including Iowa's game-day locker room, and the visiting team pink locker room. Participants will learn football fundamentals, participate in skills and drills, and swarm the Kinnick Stadium field with UI players to "Back in Black," the Hawkeyes' traditional entrance music.
The Ladies' Football Academy has raised nearly $500,000 toward its $1 million pledge to the new UI Children's Hospital, currently under construction across Hawkins Drive from Kinnick Stadium.
Honorary captains for the 2013 Ladies' Football Academy are triplets Bridget, Caroline and Jamie Schmid from Dubuque, Iowa. The triplets were born in 2004 at UI Children's Hospital, nearly three months before a normal newborn's due date. They weighed barely two pounds and struggled to breathe through underdeveloped lungs. Today, they can out-sprint the ladies and prove that champions come in all sizes.
The first two Ladies' Football Academy events each resulted in soldout participation.