The Illinois football team got participated in college football’s best new tradition.
The Iowa Hawkeys new tradition has been getting rave reviews from everyone who sees it. It’s called “the Kinnick Wave,” and after the first quarter of every home game, all the Iowa players and fans turn towards the children’s hospital adjacent to the school and wave.
With a clear shot of the stadium, the kids in the hospital wave back and have their spirits uplifted, if only for a moment.
Opposing teams have started to take part in the tradition as well. This week, the Hawkeyes are playing host to the Illinois Fighting Illini.
After the first quarter of their game against Iowa, both sides and all the fans in the stadium turned and waved.
Take a look at the kids in the hospital gathered around the glass to wave back.
College football is great because of the deep traditions. While this is one that is entirely new, it’s quickly become one of the most revered around the country.
It’s a quick reminder that not everything is about football, and when both teams join in the tradition, it becomes all the more impactful.