Former Hawkeye kicker's program helps QC students

Hayes Elementary gets 8 new swingsets and a 100-square-foot greenhouse

Some Davenport elementary students have new equipment thanks to donations.

Former Iowa Hawkeye and NFL kicker Nate Kaeding joined with United Healthcare to donate eight new swingsets to Hayes Elementary School.

There's also a 100-square-foot greenhouse. It's all thanks to a $20,000 donation from United Healthcare to Kaeding's Dreambuilders program.

The celebration was moved inside where kaeding was holding a football so students could show him their kicking skills.

"I grew up just kind of going with some friends, riding your bike over and you make up your own games," Kaeding said. "I try to encourage my kids to do that as much as they can. Without assets like this in the community, especially neighborhood-type playgrounds like this, it's really hard for kids to get that unstructured play time. And i think that's why this stuff is very important.

Kaeding said the greenhouse will help kids eat healthy, which is one of the missions of his Dreambuilders organization.


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