Kinnick workers etch giant 'Hawkeye Wave' into snow for hospitalized children to see

Mark Emmert
Hawk Central

Football season has ended, but that doesn't mean the inspiring new tradition of acknowledging the patients at the University of Iowa Children's Hospital has subsided.

Workers removing snow from the turf at Kinnick Stadium are sculpting their own version of "The Hawkeye Wave" for the children at the adjacent hospital as seen in a series of tweets and on the university's live webcam.


#SnowWave #FTK

— The Iowa Hawkeyes (@TheIowaHawkeyes) February 15, 2018 ">A look at the "Hawkeye Wave" being plowed into the snow at Kinnick

Etched into the snow is the hashtag "Snow Wave" and an outline of a hand with the "#FTK" inside it. That acronym means "For the Kids," and they certainly can see it as it stretches from sideline to sideline.

Kinnick is undergoing renovations to its north end zone this winter.


The "Hawkeye Wave" tradition began during the 2017 football season, when fans, and eventually players, coaches and game officials, all paused after the first quarter to wave to the children on the top floors of the hospital overlooking the stadium. It received worldwide attention, and shows no signs of abating.