Iowa’s Kinnick Wave wins Disney Spirit Award

  • Stephen Pianovich
  • Land of 10
Dec 07, 2017

Iowa’s Kinnick Wave, a heartwarming tradition started in 2017, was honored with the Disney Spirit Award on Thursday night at the College Football Awards Show in Atlanta.

The wave began during Iowa’s first home game of the 2017 season, and it quickly inspired those in Iowa City and beyond. The wave happens at the end of the first quarter when fans in attendance at Kinnick Stadium turn and wave to patients in the top floor of the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital across the street.

It was a simple idea from Hawkeye fan Krista Young, and it turned into one of the best stories of the season in college football.

Thursday night, the wave was recognized on a national stage. During ESPN’s award show, the network aired a six-minute video on the Kinnick Wave’s history. There weren’t many dry eyes in the house by the time the video ended.

That video can be viewed here.

The best new tradition in college football is rightfully recognized.

The Iowa Wave wins the Disney Spirit Award.

— ESPN CollegeFootball (@ESPNCFB) December 8, 2017

It's more than just a wave at Iowa.

— ESPN CollegeFootball (@ESPNCFB) December 8, 2017

After the video, Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz, cornerback Josh Jackson and 12-year-old Hawkeye fan Kaden Kelso, who experienced the wave from the hospital as a cancer patient and from the stadium after he beat the disease, went on stage to accept the honor.

Then the crowd turned and waved to those watching from the Stead Family Children’s Hospital.

— Dr. Saturday (@YahooDrSaturday) December 8, 2017

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