The 2017 college football season did not disappoint, as it was filled with excitement, heartbreak and touching moments from start to finish. However, one of the sport’s newest traditions created a touching moment during every Iowa football home game at Kinnick Stadium in 2017.
This tradition is none other than the Iowa “Wave,” which saw every fan in the stadium turn towards the adjacent University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital after the first quarter and wave to the children watching from the top floor of the hospital. This quickly became one of the best traditions in college football in 2017, and now it is nominated for the Best Sporting Moment of the Year by Laureus.
— Hawkeye Football (@HawkeyeFootball) February 15, 2018
Laureus is an annual award ceremony which honors the greatest sportsmen and sportswomen of the year, among several other awards. In addition, Laureus Sport for Good looks to combat violence and discrimination and to improve the lives of young people around the world through the positive values of sport.
The Iowa “Wave” is one of the five nominees for the Best Sporting Moment of the Year Award.
Former Iowa linebacker Josey Jewell took to Twitter to campaign for the “Wave.”
I have such respect for these families. It's been a privilege to know the impact a simple wave can do. Calling all Hawkeyes to go vote for the #SportingMomentOfTheYear: https://t.co/kJ0VpSvYTg pic.twitter.com/T601qJlvVx
— Josey Jewell (@josey_jewell) February 19, 2018
The winner of the award will be announced at the 2018 Laureus World Sports Awards in Monaco on Feb. 27.
For more information, to vote or to learn more about the other finalists, click HERE.