Ball Kids Program

ball kids

Applications are no longer being accepted.
Be on the lookout for information about this years Ball Kids program this fall!

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 2021-2022 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 by December 1, 2021
  • Available for home game dates - 2021-2022 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

Banzai Junior Financial Literacy ProgramBanzai graphic

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
  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