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University of Iowa students help bring sports equipment to kids in need


A couple years ago, Micah Hyde had an idea. He wanted to help kids in need play sports and started working on it as a class project.

"I always wanted to do something like this, just give back to the kids," said Hyde. A lot of people say that, but I personally feel like it's what I'm supposed to do."

Now the Hawkeye football player, who was recently drafted by the Green Bay Packers, is finally seeing his dream come true. Another University of Iowa entrepreneurship class picked up Hyde's IMagINe Foundation idea and ran with it, helping him collect sporting equipment from area schools to donate to the Boys and Girls Club of Cedar Rapids.

"These items are for kids and so we wanted to help any underprivileged kid, give them the opportunity to play sports that they may not have," said Justin Danover, University of Iowa Student.

"The nice thing is it's all sports equipment so it really fits in to our health and fitness component of Boys and Girls Club," said John Tursi, Executive Director.

It also gave the kids a chance to meet a Hawkeye player turned pro, who has big dreams for the IMagINe Foundation.

"There's a lot more that can be done," said Hyde. "This is just, you know, visiting five places getting them to donate stuff and I know it's possible to get a lot more done."

There were five other student teams working on projects this semester. Each team had to work on something that would advance a social cause.

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