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Children In Hospital Shocked When They See What Football Fans Are Doing In Stadium

A college football game recently featured a gesture from fans in the stadium, and it looks like it's going to become a tradition.

Saturday was a great day for the Iowa Hawkeyes fans. The team beat Wyoming, 24-3, in the season opener in Kinnick Stadium. Then, fans kicked off the season by organizing their own new, special tradition. This tradition is warming a lot of people’s hearts.

If you’ve ever seen Kinnick stadium, in person or in pictures, you may have noticed that there’s a very tall building looming in the background, and you can tell those windows make for a spectacular birds-eye view of the field. The University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital is situated just so that kids who are patients can look out the windows and watch the games. Fans who turn around can see the hospital rising up behind the stadium, and they’ll sometimes notice figures in the windows. These figures are young patients and their families who get to take a little break from hard times to enjoy a game.

Fans wanted to let them know that they’re not alone, and wanted to make them feel included in the community.

The Hawkeyes always did their best to help the kids in the hospital feel included. A little team spirit can do a great deal to help brighten up a hospitalized fan’s dreary day. The team would have a 'kid captain' from the hospital named for each game, and the child would join them on the sidelines during home games. They also raised money for the hospital in a campaign called, 'Touchdowns for Kids'. Every time Iowa scores a touchdown during the season, they encourage fans to send donations.

Coach Kirk Ferentz and his wife donated a million dollars just a few weeks ago to help aid research that would help premature babies. The Ferentz family has a very keen interest in supporting the hospital, as the coach and his wife lost an infant grandchild who was born prematurely.

Now, fans are turning around to acknowledge the children watching from the hospital. At the season opener, at the end of the first quarter, the fans of Iowa in the stands all turned around toward the hospital in unison and waved at the kids.

"Hawkeye fans turn and wave to the Children's Hospital at the end of the first quarter. New tradition this year. Iowa proud," tweeted a fan who snapped a photo.

A fan on the team's Facebook page actually came up with the idea. "So I was thinking," he wrote. "Wouldn't it be cool if we made it a tradition after the 1st quarter of every home game to have everyone in Kinnick wave to the kids and their families watching from the University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital. Pass this on and let's make it happen!"

And happen it did. The scene taken from the children's hospital was amazing. Children in the hospital waved back. An instant tradition was born.

"This is why I'm proud to be a Hawkeye fan. This is what it's all about," tweeted one person. People across Iowa share the sentiment.

Source: CBS Sports, SB Nation
Photo: YouTube

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