The Hawkeyes will need a bit of a boost this week as they take on the number 2 ranked team in the country, the Ohio State Buckeyes. The season hasn't exactly gone according to plan so far for the Hawkeyes but this is a new week. What better way to make your mark on this year's college football season, than upsetting one of the best teams in college football, in their home stadium? Gavin Miller is this week's Kid Captain for the Iowa Hawkeyes and hopefully, he can bring the team some luck.

When fans, players, coaches, and everyone in between wave to the children's hospital next to Kinnick Stadium, it's a magical moment. It's by far the best tradition in college sports. Along with the wave, the choosing of a Hawkeye's Kid Captain is a special moment for the children involved as well as their families. This week's kid captain had his first surgery before he was even born.

According to KWWL, Gavin Miller is a 13-year-old  who also happens to be a twin brother. Early on during Gavin's mother's pregnancy, he was having trouble releasing urine, which resulted in two stunts that needed to be placed in utero to help drain his bladder. Sadly, both of those stunts failed. Unfortunately, Gavin ended up needing a kidney transplant.

According to KWWL, Gavin's twin brother Brayden was born without any underlying health concerns but Gavin was born with Prune Belly/Triad Syndrome. You may also know it as Eagle Barrett Syndrome.

According to Web MD, Prune Belly Syndrome is characterized as a triad syndrome because it can have three characterizations; missing or very weak abdominal muscles, one or two undescended testicles, or an abnormally large bladder and resulting problems with kidneys and urinary system.

According to KWWL, after Gavin turned one, he received a transplant at the University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital. His grandmother ended up being the match he needed.

Gavin's mother and father spoke to the University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital and Jenny spoke about how long the kidney transplant would last. She said

We were told early on that if all goes well a transplanted kidney would hopefully last until Gavin’s teenage years. It’s been about 12 ½ years and his kidney is starting to show more signs of losing functionality, and we are nearing the time when another kidney transplant will be needed.

Gavin has been in and out of the hospital since he was a baby. According to the University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital, Gavin needed his abdominal wall reconstructed when he was 3. Gavin has also recently been diagnosed with asthma and has started infusion treatments to help prevent the rejection of his transplanted kidney.

Gavin's Father, Jason, describes his son as a "miracle and is a constant reminder of how precious life is."

Now an 8th grader, Gavin has all kinds of various interests. He likes playing basketball, and golf. That's a huge thumbs up from me Gavin, I love golf too. He also acts as a football manager. He has a knack for music as well. He's in the choir and plays drums in a band.

The Hawkeye's Kid Captain will always be one of the greatest traditions in college football. Every week we have the opportunity to learn about the incredible bravery, toughness, and resiliency of the week's chosen captains. Hopefully, Gavin and his family can help the Hawkeyes bring home a victory this Saturday.

Iowa Born Sports Stars

What do each of these stellar athletes have in common? They all hail from the Hawkeye State.

Behind the Scenes with the Iowa Hawkeyes-Iowa's Ladies Football Academy 2022

Have you ever wondered what it's like to be behind the scenes with the Iowa Hawkeyes? When you're part of the Ladies Football academy you get the full experience of what it's like to be on the field in Kinnick Stadium with Kirk Ferentz, coaches and the Iowa Hawkeye football players.
Take a look inside the locker rooms and other places regular people can't normally see.

Here's a bit of history.
The Ladies Football Academy has been a University of Iowa football tradition for over a decade. This year's event was the last; held on June 11, 2022. 665 women participated in the day-long event raising funds for the University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital. Over $500,000 was raised this year alone.

Since the tradition began in 2010 (the academy was canceled two years during the pandemic) the program has raised nearly $3 million.

The ladies must raise at least $500 to participate in the football camp, but in exchange, they can meet the Iowa Hawkeye football players, coaches, and trainers, get autographs, tour the football facilities and run drills with the players. It's definitely a once-in-a-lifetime bucket list experience.

Let's take a look behind the scenes in this year's final Ladies Football Academy.

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