Kid CaptainĀ 

Kid Captain Program

When children are faced with a challenging medical situation, they are often a source of inspiration to those around them - their families, their friends, our hospital staff and others. We want to help share that inspiration by recognizing these children through our "Kid Captain of the Game" program, in partnership with Iowa State Athletics.

During the Iowa State football season, Blank Children's Hospital partners with the Cyclones to feature stories of courage and strength. The Kid Captains will take the field at Jack Trice Stadium for home games and assist with the coin toss.

Nominations are closed for the 2024 Kid Captains. Nominations for the 2025 football season will open in the spring of 2025

Nomination Rules

  • The deadline for nomination submissions is June 1, 2024.
  • There is no cost to enter.
  • Only parents or legal guardians may submit a child's story.
  • Children must be current or former patients of Blank Children's Hospital (inpatient or outpatient care).
  • Eligible children are ages 4-17 years.
  • Children previously selected as Kid Captains are not eligible to enter the program again.
  • Your entry does not guarantee that your child will be selected as a Kid Captain.
  • Children selected must be able to attend one of the home ISU football games.

Children/families selected will need to:

  • Have a parent/guardian sign a release form allowing their child to be photographed and interviewed for promotional purposes.
  • Be interviewed by hospital staff and photographed by hospital staff as well as Cyclone staff.
  • Join the team captains before the game.
  • Have transportation to Ames for the game.