As football fans get ready for the Iowa vs University of Northern Iowa football game tomorrow some elementary students got into the spirit as well.
Riverside Elementary had an assembly today to celebrate, one student, Quinn Stumpf who is tomorrow’s Kid Captain.
The assembly today was not only to celebrate their Kid Captain but to learn more about her too.
"Don’t ever be afraid to say hi to Quinn," said April Stumpf, Quinn’s mom.
Quinn, a first grader at Riverside Elementary is just like the other kids. She has a battle all her own, a condition so rare there isn’t even a name for it.
"She has seizures, she’s deaf but she has cochlear implants and a hearing aid. She’s blind and non-verbal," said Stumpf.
Today Quinn’s classmates got to learn a little about her, something her Mom said is so important, "To have the community know her and be able to say hey Quinn, you know, how are you? To not feel like oh who is that."
Quinn and her family showed the other kids it’s okay to be different.
Something the Riverside Principal Jane O’Leary said she’s grateful for, "Unfortunately for Quinn, she’s got some barriers and some battles that she’s fighting but it does give the kids an opportunity to experience students with some difficulties and they can go you know what they fight hard, I’m going to fight hard."
Big brother Tate, who’s also a student at Riverside, told his classmates how he knows that Quinn’s listening to him, "She smiles."
At the end of the assembly the kids even got to practice their Hawkeye Wave, as they waved to Quinn and her family on their way back to class. Something Quinn will see for the very first time from the field.
"To have Quinn be there and wave at her peers, is a pretty special thing so we are very excited, we’ve got goosebumps so we’re very excited for the energy it’s going to bring," said Stumpf.
Doctor’s originally told Quinn’s parents it was not likely that she would live past 2 years-old. However, thanks to the University of Iowa Stead Family Hospital and her determination, Quinn is now 6 years-old.
This is the 10th year for the Kid Captain program.
Stumpf said their family is honored to be a part of it, "You don’t want to have to be Kid Captain for the health reasons right, you want your child to be healthy but for Quinn to be able to tell her story and be a leader, possibly help a family, even if it’s just one, makes this all worth it."
Tomorrow’s game between the Iowa Hawkeyes and UNI Panthers kicks off at 6:40. Be sure to keep an eye out for when Quinn takes the field.