It has to do with the human spirit and how a small gesture can lift someone up so much that it may save a life.
Here in the college town of Columbia MO, we are as typical as any college town is when it comes to our athletic programs and in this case football. We meet up for our rituals of tailgating, dressing in our schools colors and cheering on our Tigers…whether win or lose, we are there.
This year our neighbors to the north, the University of Iowa, has started a new tradition of paying tribute to the children that are patients in the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital. The top floor of children’s hospital looks directly down onto Kinnick Stadium.
Starting this year, by the suggestion of a mother of 3 from the small town of Anita, IA, at the end of the 1st quarter all the Iowa fans, Hawkeye football players and staff take a moment and wave to the patients on the 12 floor. Even the visiting teams have joined in on this new tradition, most recently Urban Meyer and The Ohio State Buckeyes.
Please read the attached recent article from USAToday…and just a quick word of warning, you are going to need some Kleenex.
So when you see someone feeling a little low, remember that a small gesture (a smile or in this case a simple wave) could literally change a life.
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