A 16-year-old Williamsburg boy will be the Kid Captain when Hawkeyes host Michigan on Saturday.

An ultrasound showed that Adam Arp would be born with serious health conditions, including spina bifida, a birth defect that occurs when the spinal cord forms improperly.

University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital neurosurgeons performed an all-night surgery when Adam was nine hours old to close his spinal defect and place a shunt for hydrocephalus, a buildup of fluids in the brain.

He had another surgery to adjust the shunt at 14 days old. Adam has had more than a dozen procedures for other conditions, including hip subluxation and clubfoot.

The Williamsburg sophomore is in choir and wheelchair track and serves as a manager for football and basketball.

Kid Captain is in its 13th year, a partnership between the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital and the Iowa Hawkeyes to honor pediatric patients and celebrate their inspirational stories.

Adam Arp (University of Iowa)

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