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Sioux Center's True Warrior

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(Sioux Center) 14-year old Chaz Renken loves sports, especially football.  The high school freshman plays wide reciever and safety at Sioux Center.

"I like to be out there with my friends, working hard, and playing football." says Chaz. 

 For Chaz, the path that got him to where he is today was a rough one.  It started when he was born.

 "Chaz was born with a facial cleft.  There was an opening from his cheek to his left ear." says Chaz's mom Candy Renken.    

  Chaz has gone through multiple surgeries throughout his life.  At one point, doctors didn't know if he'd be able to speak.  But Chaz didn't listen.

"He went through more adversity, I don't know if I could have handled it.  But that's just Chaz, he stays positive." says Chaz's dad John Renken 

"It's not what on the outside, it's what's in the inside that makes you who you are." says Chaz.

"He's had such great support from his friends and teammates, who've always made him feel apart of the team.  And his coaches have been great." says Candy.      

 For what he's gone through, Chaz was chosen as the honorary kid captain for this Saturday's Iowa Hawkeye home football game, when they host Iowa State.

"There were 400 applicants and we were chosen, so it's a big deal, we're so excited." says Candy.

 "I've always wanted to go to a Hawkeye game, and I never have.  And I get to go and see them play their main rival Iowa State.      



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