Sports are at their best when they are about more than just sports. With the power to lend hope to those who would be otherwise hopeless, sports are endowed with a unique power unlike anything else in the world.
Nowhere is that more apparent than the Iowa Hawkeyes’ newest tradition.
For a moment, all the fans and players in the stadium, some 70,000 people, turn away from the football field and towards Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital and wave. They wave at a hospital full of kids fighting for their lives, and the family members and hospital staff that have devoted their lives to helping them survive.
It’s one of the newest traditions in college football, and has quickly become one of the best.
The incredible view from the hospital allows the children to get a front row seat of the gesture signaling solidarity. It has given some patients hope to keep going, waiting all week for Saturday afternoon when the Hawkeyes will take the field.