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University of Iowa Kid Captain

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Kid Captain is a partnership that began in 2009 between University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital and the Iowa Hawkeyes to honor pediatric patients and celebrate their inspirational stories.

Kid Captain is open to any current or former UI Stead Family Children's Hospital patient 18 years of age or younger. Only parents or legal guardians may nominate their child.

All Kid Captains will receive a commemorative jersey, special recognition from UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital and the Iowa Hawkeyes, and an invitation to a special behind-the-scenes tour of Kinnick Stadium in August.

Children of any age may be nominated as an honorary (away game) Kid Captain. Due to sideline safety concerns, only children who will be 6 years old or older may be nominated as a home game Kid Captain


2019 Kid Captains

  1. Aidan Kasper
  2. Jackson Tijerina
  3. Cien Currie
  4. Enzo Thongsoum
  5. Andrew Morlan
  6. Gabby Yoder
  7. Kendra Hines
  8. Lucy Roth
  9. Skylar Hardee
  10. Aubrey Bussan-Kluesner
  11. Jeg Weets
  12. Charlotte Keller
  13. Cooper Leeman

2018 Kid Captains

  1. Mason Gonzalez
  2. Ean Gorsh
  3. Gabe Graber
  4. Noah Hodgins
  5. Livia Jackson
  6. Kiersten Mann
  7. Garret Schuster
  8. Harper Still
  9. Harper Stribe
  10. Quinn Stumpf
  11. Christopher Turnis
  12. Gwen White
  13. Mason Zabel

2017 Kid Captains

  1. Jaelyn Butikofer
  2. Hunter Fasse
  3. Cooper Foster
  4. Flynn Lanferman
  5. Logan Manderfield
  6. Leah McClain
  7. Camdyn Reisner
  8. Laurel Schaul
  9. Sam Spore
  10. Drew Steffen
  11. Maddox Smith
  12. Hayden Wheatley
  13. Landon Wilkerson

2016 Kid Captains

  1. Kinzie Hemann
  2. Parker Kress
  3. Abigail Hooper
  4. Liam Young
  5. Konner Guyer
  6. Carley Neustel
  7. Maxwell Stancel-Hess
  8. Emeline Dunham
  9. Aaron Miller
  10. Hayden Despenas
  11. Madelynn Higbee
  12. Seth Nelson
  13. Reed Havlik

2015 Kid Captains

  1. Kaelea Butterfield
  2. Reagen Kopsieker
  3. Beau Atkinson
  4. Drake Fricke
  5. Lincoln Ortman
  6. Sean Peck
  7. Seth Barton
  8. Nick Showman
  9. Logan Brown
  10. Laila Walton
  11. Colton Barker
  12. Abi Frye
  13. Makayla Bell

2014 Kid Captains

  1. Aidan Smith
  2. Liam Feeley
  3. Rylan Mohr
  4. Charlotte Wagaman
  5. Maree Scholl
  6. Caitlyn Hill
  7. Marijka Michmershuizen
  8. Noah, Isaiah, and Elijah Mulder
  9. Matthew McCarthy
  10. Margaret Schafer
  11. Faith LeMaster
  12. Joseph Burken
  13. Treytun Garcia

2013 Kid Captains

  1. Krystal Robertson
  2. Aidan Hanson
  3. Dylan Holub
  4. Zach Zwirlein
  5. Mason Shepherd
  6. Alex and Molly Kirby
  7. Grace Lidgett
  8. Kyleigh Burlingame
  9. Michaela Inman
  10. Emma Miller
  11. Myles Peterman
  12. Stella Turnbull
  13. Carson Thomas

2012 Kid Captains

  1. Jacie Stewart
  2. Cian Bonnett
  3. Shawn-Brooklyn Young
  4. Brynn Bowman
  5. Ellie Schmidt
  6. Emery Tillberg
  7. Chaz Renken
  8. Ally Mauck
  9. Adam Weckel
  10. Brandi Yates
  11. Skylar Jacobson
  12. Blake Derby
  13. Grant Stracke

2011 Kid Captains

  1. Will Linder
  2. Ty Buffington
  3. Taylor Durham
  4. Shelby Rogers
  5. Ryan DeMott
  6. Oliver Palmer
  7. Meg Michalski
  8. Kali Buchanan
  9. Isaac Arguello
  10. Indya Sorrell
  11. Brynn Carnahan
  12. Benjamin Wilson
  13. Beckham Scadlock

2010 Kid Captains

  1. Benny Barnard
  2. Andrew Niles
  3. Lilah Henry
  4. Brock Beinhart
  5. Taytum Bell
  6. Maddie Strauss
  7. Nate Fisher
  8. Austin Hills
  9. Zephan Abel
  10. Ross Wiltgen
  11. Maleah McCool
  12. Mason Allen
  13. Korri Hoeger

2009 Kid Captains

  1. Jack Koehn
  2. Chloe Dardis
  3. Kelby Telander
  4. Savannah Erck
  5. Nikolas Ball
  6. Reid Shadle
  7. Trae Hamilton
  8. Kyle Kinnick Roseman
  9. Jacob Endress
  10. Clarissa Kraayenbrink
  11. Cal Kunnert
  12. Nathaniel and Lucas Anderson