A social event held in conjunction with the Legends of Iowa Football Camp in Bettendorf next month will benefit a Quad-Cities organization.

Former Hawkeyes football players who will host a three-day camp for area youths have partnered with the Children’s Therapy Center, which along with the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital, will benefit from proceeds of a tailgate-style social and silent auction.

“The Children’s Therapy Center is an organization like ours that tries to provide services to youths,” camp director Matt Hughes said. “They have worked with a former Hawkeye, Chuck Long, for years on a sports auction in the Quad-Cities and we feel like it’s a great fit for us.”

This year’s social will be held at the Isle of Capri Hotel in Bettendorf on

July 6 from 6:30-9 p.m.

Held on the second of the three days that 50 to 60 former Iowa football players will be in the Quad-Cities to lead camps at Bettendorf High School, the social offers fans a chance to meet and mingle with the players in an informal setting.

“We’ve made this real low key intentionally,” Hughes said. “There won’t be any tables set up for autograph lines or things like that. It’s just a chance for people to come up, talk with the former Hawkeyes, take a picture, reminisce, that type of thing. The food is tailgate style and we will have a silent auction with some great items.”

Hughes said the social is designed to give adults a chance to participate in the Legends events.

“The kids will have their chance on the fields during camp, so this is the adults’ chance to be a part of it,” he said.

Tickets, priced at $40 in advance or $50 at the door, can be obtained online at

legendsofiowa.com or by calling 309-762-9552 ext. 103.

Hughes said more than 400 players have signed up for the two youth camps as Monday’s registration deadline approaches.

They’ll learn from former Hawkeyes such as Long, Tim Dwight, Pat Angerer, Julian Vandervelde, Tom Knight, Sean Considine and Rob Bruggeman.

The Kids Camp for players entering grades 1-5 in the fall will be held from

1-4:30 p.m. on July 5 on the practice fields at Bettendorf, following a registration and autograph session that is scheduled for 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m.

The Legends Camp for players entering grades 6-12 runs from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on July 6-7, with an 8 a.m. check-in on the opening day of that camp.

The Kids Camp costs $65 and the Legends Camp costs $180, which includes lunch. Registration is online at legendsofiowa.com and scholarship assistance is available.

“We don’t want any player to be turned away because of cost and there is information on the website about how to pursue scholarship assistance for the camp,” Hughes said. “We want as many kids as possible.”

The Legends of Iowa is a non-profit organization of former Hawkeyes who are working together to help charitable causes. As is the case with the social event, all camp proceeds benefit several causes around the state.

“We’re here to give back to the people who supported us when we were playing college football,” said Hughes, an Iowa letterwinner from 1995-98.

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