The University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital opened in the early part of 2017. The upper floors of the hospital overlook Kinnick Stadium, home of the Iowa Hawkeyes.
After the end of the first quarter during Iowa’s home-opener this past Saturday, the Hawkeye fans all turned to the hospital and waved to the kid’s watching from the upper floors. The kids, in turn, waved back at the sold-out stadium.
This newest heartwarming tradition is just the latest in the connection between the Hawkeyes and the Iowa Children’s Hospital. Since 2009, the team has had a “kid captain,” a current or former patient from the hospital who joins the players on the sidelines during each home game and gets a special jersey. The Hawkeyes also run the “Touchdown For Kids” program which encourages fans to donate to the hospital for every touchdown Iowa score. Last year the program raised $42,000.