Iowa’s ‘First Quarter Wave’ featured by Scott Van Pelt: ‘It’s so simple but so undeniably warm and kind’

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Iowa debuted a new game day tradition on Saturday, the “First Quarter Wave.”

At the end of the first quarter, Hawkeyes fans were instructed to turn and wave to patients and families watching the game next door to Kinnick Stadium in the top floor of the Stead Family Iowa Children’s Hospital. The result was heartwarming.

Sunday night, the new tradition got a nationwide audience as ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt featured the First Quarter Wave as his “1 Big Thing” on SportsCenter.

“The sight of 75,000 people, all of them looking up and waving at children who are battling illnesses genuinely moved me,” Van Pelt said. “It’s so simple but so undeniably warm and kind. It’s just so human.

“You don’t often know when you witness the birth of a tradition, but I’m pretty sure we did on Saturday. Well done, Hawkeyes. Well done.”

It’s safe to say this tradition will be around at Iowa for a long time.

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