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Kids Are Heroes


At St. Joseph's Children's Hospital, we have a special place in our heart for kids who go above and beyond the ordinary. Since 1996, our annual Kids Are Heroes program has recognized more than 1,600 children between the ages 5 and 18 from Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas and Polk counties who have performed heroic deeds, or displayed acts of selflessness and demonstrated good citizenship during the past year. 

How Winners are Selected

Each year, Tampa Bay’s outstanding young heroes are selected by a panel of judges made up of current and past pediatric patients of St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital. Players from the Tampa Bay Lightning participate in Kids Are Heroes as spokeschampions, and aid the patients in the judging process.

Every child nominated receives recognition for their good deeds, and winners in each age category receive special gifts from St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital and participating sponsors.

And the Winners are…

Some examples of past winners include children who have pulled an accident victim from a burning car, saved a sibling from a dog attack, donated their time or money to a charitable organization, befriended a special needs student in their classroom and called 911 to help their relative suffering from a heart attack.

Nominate the Young Hero in Your Life

We will begin accepting nominations for the 18th Annual Kids Are Heroes program starting in the fall of 2014.  



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