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For the children and families in the UI Stead Family Children's Hospital including 6-year-old Will Kohn, the end of the first quarter marks the beginning of their brief escape from the hospital walls. This is Wills story. Brian Powers/Des Moines Register

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Northern Illinois football players and coaches took a moment to say hello to the children at the University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital before Saturday's game. 

The "Hawkeye Wave" became a college football phenomenon last season when fans and athletes at Iowa football home games would stand and wave directly at the patients at the hospital, which is located directly next to Kinnick Stadium. 

Northern Illinois tweeted out a video from its team account on Thursday morning to introduce themselves to the kids before the game. 

You can watch it here: 

 

 

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