GICU Ball Kids Program

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The application period for the 2018-2019 Ball Kids has ended. 

Greater Iowa is offering children ages 8 to 12 the opportunity to be an official GICU Ball Kid at an Iowa State Men’s Basketball game during the 2018-2019 season! Ball kids have the best seat in the house and will assist staff with game day duties. Each participant will also receive two game tickets (for parent/guardian), an official Ball Kid t-shirt and memories to last a lifetime!

To Qualify

  • Must be ages 8 to 12
  • Complete the Banzai Junior Financial Literacy Program (more details below)
  • Parents must complete the online application
  • Available for home game dates - 2018-2019 ISU Men's Basketball Schedule

Please note: applying does not guarantee selection to participate at a game. Selection is completed on a first-come, first-served basis if qualifying terms are met and individual is available on proposed game date.

Ball Kid Responsibilities

  • Child must wear the shirt provided by GICU for the whole game 
  • Child must arrive early to prepare for Child’s duties 
  • Child must commit to working the entirety of the game

  • Responsibilities include sitting under the basket, helping wipe the floor and other duties. Child must be able to carry out verbal instructions given by supervisors. Child will be in a fast-paced environment and will need to complete tasks quickly. 

  • Effectively work with others while not being disruptive

  • Both child and parent/guardian must abide by the participant Terms and Conditions

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This is an online financial literacy program for kids that is a choose-you-own-adventure with a summer lemonade stand.

Program login instructions:

  1. Go to greateriowacu.learnbanzai.com
  2. Click on GET STARTED in the upper right corner. Select your age and click CONTINUE. Parents should help with a username, email address and password.
  3. Agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy and then click on SIGN UP. This will bring you to the Course Selection screen; select BANZAI JR.
  4. The program has three parts:
    • Pretest – helps to find out how much you already know about managing money.
    • The Game – The main attraction! You’re gonna learn so much!
    • Posttest – See how much you’ve learned.

​Users can log in and out of the program at any time. The program does not have to completed all at one time; it automatically saves your progress. 

For the Ball Kids program, you'll need to note the completion code that will appear at the end of The Game. This 6-digit code will be part of the online application and must be filled in order to qualify.

For questions about the GICU Ball Kids program, please email marketing@gicu.org or call 1.800.296.9064.