New Iowa Football Tradition Pulls at Heart Strings

September 3, 2017

Written by Jon Miller

Something new happened inside Kinnick Stadium yesterday, and I am not talking about Brian Ferentz’s first game as offensive coordinator or the number of true freshmen who saw their first action in the black and gold.

At the end of the first quarter, the fans in attendance directed their attention at the ‘new’ Iowa Children’s Hospital that has been built behind the east stands.

Saturday’s game against Wyoming is the first time the hospital has been open during football season. A scene like this took place throughout the entire stadium:

This video from Iowa presents the view from inside the hospital:

I will wait a moment for you to gather yourself and dry your eyes….

Scott Van Pelt, the popular ESPN anchor and personality was equally as blown away by this new tradition:

So be sure to tune into SportsCenter tonight to hear Scott talk about this gesture and showcase it to the country.

A great tradition, indeed. But how did it begin?

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It was purely organic, meaning that it was not a University led initiative. Not that there would be anything wrong if this was Iowa’s idea, or some central organization’s idea; it’s awesome on its face and the sentiment is phenomenal.

But for me, I love seeing things like this grow out of the fanbase, and that’s what happened with this amazing idea and, new Iowa football tradition.

Krista Young, from Anita, Iowa, posted the idea to a Hawkeye fan facebook page. You can read more about that at this link.

And after the idea spread like wildfire on social media this past summer, it came to life in Kinnick Stadium for all the world to see.

(WRITER’S NOTE:  This story has been heavily edited from it’s original form.  The reason for that is because we learned that Hawkeye Heaven once again stole an idea, for a long time passing off The Wave as their own idea, when Krista Young was the originator of the idea.   Land of 10 did a great job of interviewing Krista, and you can read the account of it all at the link above).

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