Iowa’s Kinnick Wave got one more piece of recognition for its impact on the 2017 college football season this week. The Hawkeyes’ inspiring tradition made ESPN’s list of wonderful moments for the season.
“Iowa started the best new tradition in all of sports — when fans turn to wave at the children’s hospital next door,” ESPN’s David M. Hale wrote. “At the end of the first quarter of each home game, fans turn and wave to the patients there, and one heartwarming story after another followed this season.”
Started at the beginning of the 2017 season by Hawkeyes fan Krista Young, the Kinnick Wave quickly took off. At the end of the first quarter of each Iowa home game, fans turned and waved to patients on the top floor of Iowa’s Children Hospital across the street.
The Kinnick Wave garnered national attention throughout the season and it won the Disney Spirit Award at the College Football Awards in December.