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2020 UI Kid Captain season postponed due to pandemic and cancellation of Big Ten season

IOWA CITY, Iowa (KWWL) - The University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital has decided to postpone the 2020 Kid Captain season due to the pandemic and cancellation of the Big Ten fall football season.

“We had decided not to move forward with the Kid Captain program this year in the best interest of keeping our patients and their families safe, and the Big Ten’s announcement to cancel the football season solidifies that decision,” says Pamela Johnson-Carlson, chief administrative officer of UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital.

The Kid Captain program is a partnership between UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital and the University of Iowa Hawkeyes football team. During the season, thirteen current and former patients of the hospital are selected to have their story shared and take to the field at a home game, receiving applause from the thousands of fans in Kinnick Stadium.

“We considered a variety of options to keep the Kid Captain program on track this year, but it would have meant a scaled-down version of what we have done in the past, including not allowing the Kid Captains and their families to be in Kinnick Stadium and so much of what the program is about is the kids interacting with the team,” Johnson-Carlson says. “In the end, we realized the experience would be vastly different this year, and this decision from the Big Ten really validates the direction we were inevitably going. It will be better to wait until we can offer the kind of experience our Kid Captains and their families have come to expect.”

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“We know how much the kids and their families enjoy the program and we are disappointed as well.  However, without Hawkeye football there really is no Kid Captain program.”

Pamela Johnson-Carlson, chief administrative officer of UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital.

Abby Turpin

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