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Goldy's Kid Captains

Many people attend University of Minnesota sporting events throughout the year and are unaware of the battles fought every day by the brave kids at University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital.

To celebrate these special children and their families, we created the Goldy’s Kid Captain program.

In partnership with Gopher Athletics, one Goldy’s Kid Captain will be recognized at each home men’s football, basketball, and hockey game during the regular season. Goldy’s Kid Captains will have the opportunity to attend the game with their family, share their story on the big screen and wave to all the Gopher fans!

Become a Goldy’s Kid Captain

Any current or former Masonic Children’s Hospital patient under age 13 can apply to become a Goldy’s Kid Captain. Nominate your child here.

Meet former Goldy’s Kid Captains

Gopher Hockey

Payton Flaig
Daughter of Stephanie and Lee Flaig
Payton Flaig, of Blaine, Minn., was born with a rare chromosomal disorder and with retinoblastoma, a type of cancer that claimed her left eye when she was 9 months old. Payton still receives treatment at University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital, but she’s a thriving 8-year-old who loves watching Minnesota sports with her dad.

Payton Flaig and family

Gopher Football

Jace Trettin

Son of Brian and Brooke Trettin

By age 5, Jace Trettin, of Ashland, Wis., had already had five surgeries to treat an eye deviation that has affected him since birth. Despite his health challenges, Jace has spent much of his childhood giving back, collecting more than 500 fleece blankets for children at University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital.

Jace Trettin

Gopher Basketball

Shi Ellis-Daniels
Son of Marry Daniels
Shi Ellis-Daniels has been treated at Masonic Children’s Hospital for epilepsy since he was 6 months old. Despite his recurring seizures, the 2-year-old Minneapolis boy is a playful kid who loves football and basketball.

Shi Ellis Daniels