Tagged: children

Iowa Ladies Football Academy

For Iowa Hawkeye fans out there, there are only 3 months and 6 days left until the first football game of the (pre)season.  However, for some, football practice kicks off a little bit sooner.

On June 9th, some lucky ladies will be joining Kirk Ferentz and the Iowa Football team for the Iowa Ladies Football Academy.  The Iowa Ladies Football Academy is a charity event supporting the construction of the NEW University of Iowa Children’s Hospital.  At the Academy participants will get to hang out at Kinnick Stadium, tour the locker rooms, work out on the field with Iowa players, AND “SWARM” the field and warm up to AC/DC’s “Back in Black!”  (too cool!) To get there though, each participant has to raise at least $500 for the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital.

The University of Iowa Children’s Hospital is now recognized as one of the best children’s hospitals in the country.  Currently, the UICH is a “hospital within a hospital,” with pediatric wards and clinics spread throughout different floors of the general hospital.  With a new, free-standing, dedicated hospital, UICH will be able to provide the optimal healing environment for sick and injured children.  Through a state-of-the-art facility, UICH will be able to attract the best and brightest doctors, nurses, and researchers.  All of which adds up to being able to provide the BEST care for kids!

Please help out this great cause whether you’re a Hawkeye or Cyclone fan!!  Do it for the kids!  My friend Emily will be participating in this year’s academy and needs your help!  If you would like to make a donation to this cause, please consider donating on her page so she can enjoy this AMAZING experience!  Check out the video below if you are interested in participating in future Ladies Football Academies.  (Sadly, this year’s registration is completely full!) I might have to be there next year!  Better get training now!

I WANNA KNOW: Who is your favorite football team?  

I’m a major Iowa fan!  Tailgating season can’t come soon enough!


P.S.  LET’S GO HAWKS!  I know I’m ready for some football! 🙂


Light It Up Blue

April marks Autism Awareness month and today, April 2nd, is World Autism Awareness Day!  What do you know about autism?  I have to admit, before college I was not very aware of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or autism.  And then I met Ashley.  She was an education major at Luther College who specialized in Special Education.  Ashley was a strong advocate of autism.  I learned so much from her and how common it really was in children.

Did you know that ASD affects 1 in 88 children, and is most common in boys?  Autism Spectrum Disorder is a disorder of brain development.  There are many degrees of autism, many of which have to do with social interaction, communication (nonverbal and verbal) and repetitive behaviors.

Autism is a very complex disorder, however, many with ASD excel in art, music and math.  Matt Savage was born in 1992 with autism and at the age of 8 had already been labeled a jazz prodigy.  Ah-mazing, right?!

Autism is much more common than you and I think.  According to AutismSpeaks.org, more children are diagnosed with autism than, “are affected by diabetes, AIDS, cancer, cerebral palsy, cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophy or Down syndrome, combined.”

It’s not only more common, but it’s growing.  Please help these young boys and girls!  Autism affects 1 in 88 children and autism research receives less than 5% if the research funding of less prevalent childhood disease.

Here are some ways you can help:

Please consider helping in any way you can!  Are there buildings in your city that have been lit up with blue lights tonight?  Look at the Sydney Opera House!  BEA-utiful!


When someone is feeling thirsty, we usually turn to good ol’ H2O.  What if it wasn’t as easy as turning on your faucet? What if your job was to travel miles to gather water for your community?  Water is one of the basic needs that most of us take for granted.  Too many people in developing countries are dying from lack of clean drinking water.  I know I missed World Water Day on March 22, but it is still important to understand that this is a serious issue. Here are some Water facts from Water.org:

  • 3.575 Million people die each year from a water related disease… That is equal to the entire city of Los Angeles.
  • Every 20 seconds, a child dies from a water-related illness.
  • 884 Million people lack access to clean water… That’s almost 3x the United States Population.
  • 3.575 Million people die each year from water-related disease.
  • The water and sanitation crisis claims more lives through disease than any war claims through guns.
  • People living in the slums often pay 5-10 times more per liter of water than wealthy people living in the same city.
  • An American taking a five-minute shower uses more water than a typical person in a developing country slum uses in a whole day.
  • Women spend 200 million hours a day collecting water.

Water.org was founded by Matt Damon and Gary White to help communities in Africa, South Asia and Central America by providing access to safe water and sanitation.  Visit Water.org to find ways that you can help or follow them on Twitter!