“My scholarships were stepping stones for me to advance, and provided me with ways I could give back to my family.”

Family values and a strong work ethic are ingrained in Casey Kreiter.

The three-year starting long snapper for the Iowa Hawkeyes football team was a three-sport standout in football, wrestling, and track and field at Central High School in DeWitt, Iowa. He also played baseball. Casey’s father, Kurt, was his high school coach and played football and wrestled for Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois.

“My goal in life has always been to give myself the best opportunities I could,” says Casey.
After spending two days on campus in Iowa City, while narrowing the options for college, he and his parents knew that the University of Iowa was the best match for him. On Casey’s visit they met with faculty at the college of education and discovered a family atmosphere. “It was clear to me that at Iowa, if you worked hard both on and off the field, you could realize rewards,” he says.

Entering the world of division one college football proved to be a huge transition, however.

“When I began my college football career, I invested a lot of time and energy in the sport,” says Casey. “I was invited in as a walk-on; I had a lot to learn and a lot to prove. Frankly, I wasn’t doing my best in my academics. But my parents challenged me, and caused me to reflect on why I had chosen Iowa.”
The challenge paid off, both on and off the field.

Casey was named to the Big Ten Academic All-Conference team three straight years, from 2011 to 2013 and, along the way, emerged from walk-on to athletic scholarship recipient. He received support from an Arthur E. Stanley Football Scholarship in 2012, and received the Janice and Kevin Moss Scholarship in 2013.

“My scholarships really helped me focus my efforts on my academics and football, and not worry so much about the cost of my education,” he says.

Casey earned a B.S. degree in Science Education in 2013. He has completed two practicums: at West Branch Middle School, and at Iowa City Regina High School. During the winter of 2013-14, while training and preparing for a potential career in the National Football League, Casey worked as an intern for the Athletic Development Office at the University of Iowa Foundation.

“Working at the foundation has been valuable,” says Casey. “I can see the positive impact of philanthropy from many new perspectives.”