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

The Kid Captain program 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 on Saturday, August 12.

Please click on each Kid Captain’s name to read their story.

Meet Our 2017 Kid Captains

Jaelyn Butikofer
Jaelyn Butikofer
Age: 
7
Hometown: 
Manchester, Iowa
Game: 
Iowa vs Wyoming (9/2/17)
Flynn Lanferman
Flynn Lanferman
Age: 
12
Hometown: 
Mt. Pleasant, Iowa
Game: 
Iowa vs Iowa State (9/9/17)
Sam Spore
Sam Spore
Age: 
15
Hometown: 
Dysart, Iowa
Game: 
Iowa vs North Texas (9/16/17)
Drew Steffen
Drew Steffen
Age: 
10
Hometown: 
Atkins, Iowa
Game: 
Iowa vs Penn State (9/23/17)
Camdyn Reisner
Camdyn Reisner
Age: 
11
Hometown: 
Dubuque, Iowa
Game: 
Iowa vs Michigan State (9/30/17)
Maddox Smith
Maddox Smith
Age: 
9
Hometown: 
Coralville, Iowa
Game: 
Iowa vs Illinois (10/7/17)
Hayden Wheatley
Hayden Wheatley
Age: 
2
Hometown: 
Hamilton, Ill.
Game: 
Iowa vs Northwestern (10/21/17)
Leah McClain
Leah McClain
Age: 
11
Hometown: 
Pittsfield, Ill.
Game: 
Iowa vs Minnesota (10/28/17)
Logan Manderfield
Logan Manderfield
Age: 
13
Hometown: 
Waucoma, Iowa
Game: 
Iowa vs Ohio State (11/4/17)
Cooper Foster
Cooper Foster
Age: 
9
Hometown: 
Central City, Iowa
Game: 
Iowa vs Wisconsin (11/11/17)
Laurel Schaul
Laurel Schaul
Age: 
11
Hometown: 
Springville, Iowa
Game: 
Iowa vs Purdue (11/18/17)
Landon Wilkerson
Landon Wilkerson
Age: 
7
Hometown: 
Montezuma, Iowa
Game: 
Iowa vs Nebraska (11/24/17)
Hunter Fasse
Hunter Fasse
Age: 
10
Hometown: 
Shell Rock, Iowa
Game: 
Postseason