football-fbs flag

Andy Wittry and Molly Sequin | NCAA.com | September 20, 2018

Iowa football: Fans and players continue heartwarming tradition of waving to children's hospital

Iowa's 'Wave' gets a personal touch as Hawkeyes lineman waves toward newborn daughters

Iowa's Kinnick Stadium has a seating capacity of 70,585, which gives the Hawkeyes incredible strength in numbers in one of the coolest traditions in college football. The stadium is located next to the University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital and hospital patients have a view that overlooks the sea of gold and black on gamedays.

What started as a fan suggestion on an Iowa Facebook fan page last season has turned into a full-blown movement: Iowa fans collectively waving to the top floor of the hospital, where the children and their families gather to watch Iowa, at the end of the first quarter during Hawkeye home games.

RELATED: Analyzing college football national champions and home losses

Take a look below at Iowa's inspirational tradition:

Then, on Oct. 7, 2017, before Iowa's 45-16 win over Illinois, the Hawkeyes took the wave a step further. The Iowa marching band spread out in the form of a huge hand on the field, pointed towards the hospital, and waved in unison to their onlooking fans.

It looked pretty great: 

While the wave is special every game, it took on a whole new level of love during Iowa's game versus Northern Iowa this week. Dalton Ferguson, a 6-foot-4, 308-pound fifth-year offensive lineman got his first start on Saturday in front of his newborn twins, who he waved to from the field. 

Ferguson says that playing football at Iowa has helped give him the traits he needs to be the best dad possible, and is happy his twin daughters are off to an undefeated start. 

This tradition may only be two seasons old, but there's no doubt it will continue to be one of the most heartwarming and lasting ones in college football. 

Everything you need to know about the new college wrestling rules ahead of the 2022-2023 season

Breaking down the new NCAA rules changes including freshman eligibility requirements and scholarship regulations.
READ MORE

Iowa wrestling sets DI wrestling dual-meet attendance record

The University of Iowa’s fanbase, leaders in Division I attendance since 2007, set a new record for home average of 14,905, selling out the entire season at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City.
READ MORE

These are the college stars to watch at the 2022 men’s U23 world team trials

Here’s everything you need know about the top collegiate competitors in this event and the key storylines to follow for those athletes.
READ MORE

Subscribe To Email Updates

Enter your information to receive emails about offers, promotions from NCAA.com and our partners