This newspaper article from The Cedar Rapids Gazette looks at the origin of the Iowa Hawkeye fan wave to patients at the University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital. The article focused on 8-year-old Zack Poe, who was battling a lung infection following a serious case of pneumonia. His family took him to the 12th floor of the hospital, which towers over Kinnick Stadium, and they joined dozens of other pediatric patients and families for a "press box" view of the first home football game of the season. And at the end of the first quarter, 68,000-plus fans turned and waved at the patients. This has since become a tradition with the University of Iowa athletics.
- How do Iowans show they are respectful to patients at the University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital?
- Why is a simple wave such a big deal to Zack Poe?
Miller, Vanessa, "A new tradition? Iowa Hawkeyes fans give wave of support to children's hospital patients after first quarter," The Cedar Rapids Gazette, 5 September 2017. Courtesy of The Cedar Rapids Gazette