Shelby County Boy to play honorary role in Hawk’s Football Game Saturday


November 11th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

A Shelby County boy will live out a life long dream this weekend in Iowa City. Ryan DeMott suffered 3rd degree burns on 70 percent of his body during a campfire accident last year. After being flown to the Nebraska burn Center in Lincoln for treatment, he was transferred to Iowa City for additional treatment.

DeMott stayed at the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital for the next 2 and a half months. During that time, the boy had several visitors including some Iowa Hawkeye Football players.

This weekend, Ryan and his parents are scheduled to be back in Iowa City, but this time they’ll be on the football field. On Saturday, DeMott will serve as an honorary “Kid Captain” for the Iowa Hawkeyes, at Kinnick Stadium. Kid captains walk with the other Hawkeye team captains and flip the coin prior to the game.

Ryan’s parents says he has a “Can-do attitude,” and is continuing to recover from well from his injuries.