College football is a huge deal at many schools, with fans painting themselves their school colors, showing up early to tailgate barbecues, and celebrating touchdowns with cheers and hugs.
The Iowa Hawkeyes, in the Big Ten conference, represent the University of Iowa. They had the unique opportunity to help kids in need due to their stadium’s proximity to the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital.
The team and their fans had the unique opportunity to help kids in need due to their stadium’s proximity to the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital. During the September 2nd game, the team and the fans did the wave. Not the one you’d usually see in a sports stadium, though. The fans and players turned to the Hospital next door, to wave to the ailing children.
This gesture was much appreciated by the kids. However, that wasn’t all they did. The team actually has a whole campaign called “Touchdowns For Kids” where fans donate a dollar (or more) for every touchdown Iowa scores. Last year alone, due to the 54 touchdowns the team made, the program was able to donate $40,000 to the hospital. Since the beginning of the organization, they’ve raised almost $400,000.
Beyond the money, one lucky kid gets a special gesture: he or she gets to be the “kid captain,” who gets the best seat in the house on the sidelines with the team.
The hospital is understandably very excited about the support, and have re-named a 12th-floor café after the foundation. Kids and their families can gather there on game day and watch the game and cheer along with the fans.
The Hawkeyes crushed the Wyoming Cowboys 24-3, which is great news for the team, the fans, but also most importantly for kids in need.