Hey, Hawkeye fans: Nominate a child for Iowa's Kid Captain program

Aaron Young

It's time to nominate someone you know who would make a great Kid Captain.

The Iowa Hawkeyes and UI Stead Family Children's Hospital are partnering again for the ninth straight year to feature stories of strength, courage and inspiration, a news release Tuesday said. Nominations for the 2017 Kid Captain program are open until March 31 for current or former pediatric patients of UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital ages 18 and younger.

Former Hawkeye Mitch King and kid captain Emeline Dunham wave to fans prior to the Hawkeyes' game against Wisconsin at Kinnick Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016.

Only parents and legal guardians may nominate their child, the release said.

Last season, Abby Hooper of Des Moines was the Kid Captain when the Hawkeyes hosted North Dakota State. Hooper and her family hung out on the sidelines, met with coaches and cheerleaders and had pictures featured on the big screen during the game.

In 2015, Lincoln Ortman from North Liberty was surprised by teachers and classmates at North Bend Elementary when it was announced he would be the Kid Captain during Iowa's game against Indiana.

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

Children of any age may be nominated as an honorary (away game) Kid Captain, the release said. Due to sideline safety concerns, only children who will be 6 or older by December 2017 may be nominated as a Kid Captain for a home game.

For more information, visit uichildrens.org/kidcaptain.