The wave is cool again.
But not just any wave. The ones done anywhere but the University of Iowa’s Kinnick Stadium are still lame. What makes the new edition of the wave that broke out Saturday so very, very cool is that fans, in the middle of the game, turned and waved at kids in the university’s new Stead Family Children’s Hospital, which happens to overlook the stadium.
There, in the Press Box Cafe that is stop one of the tallest buildings in Iowa City, kids and their parents can press their faces to the windows and watch a football game. They can wave, too, and when they did in the first quarter, fans wheeled around and returned the gesture.
The wave highlights the relationship between the football team and the hospital. The Hawkeyes’ “Touchdowns for Kids” campaign has long been a fundraiser and during every game, a “kid captain” from the hospital joins the team on the sideline.
We told you it was cool. The kids sure thought so.
Hawkeyes fan Levi Thompson, who has a fan page called Hawkeye Heaven, came up with the idea.
“I wanted it to be something the fans could accomplish without getting the university or any kind of money backing it,” Thompson told Hawkeye Nation. “That’s when we thought about waving to the hospital after the end of the first quarter would be the perfect thing.”
It sure was.