The Start of a New Tradition

The University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital overlooks Kinnick Stadium where the football team plays its home games. Last year the hospital completed a renovation of the 12th floor and turned it into ‘The Press Box’—a common area where patients and family members can gather to socialize, watch the game, and cheer the home team during the season.

This year Krista Young had a simple idea that caught on with her fellow Hawkeye fans: Wouldn’t it be nice for the people in the stadium to recognize the kids in the hospital and wave to them in unison.

At the end of the first quarter in each home game, everyone in the stadium faces the Children’s Hospital to wave and cheer to the people inside the building.

It only takes a moment and the effects on the children behind the glass cannot be put into words.

See for yourself.


  10 comments for “The Start of a New Tradition

  1. October 10, 2018 at 1:47 PM

    This was such an inspiring video. It’s the little things in life that make the biggest difference. Thank you for sharing this, Allan.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. October 4, 2018 at 7:02 PM

    I’ve seen this during a game and think it’s a wonderful tradition.


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  3. October 4, 2018 at 1:33 PM

    This one actually made me cry. What a fabulous program

    Liked by 1 person

  4. October 4, 2018 at 10:24 AM

    That is so cool and uplifting. 😀


  5. October 4, 2018 at 10:23 AM

    Wonderful new tradition.


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