Iowa 'Wave' T-shirt raises over $400K for UI Stead Family Children's Hospital
College football’s best tradition got even better.
After the Iowa Wave captured a national audience from the start of the 2017 season, a few individuals came together to create a shirt that could be sold across the country. The shirt reads “Wave” with the phrase “Iowa City fights together” surrounding it. The shirt was created as a fundraiser with 100 percent of the profits going to the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital.
On Thursday, George Schroeder of USA Today reported that the creators of the shirt were prepared to present the hospital with a check in the amount of over $430,000.
After selling more than 22,000 of these T-shirts and promising to give 100% of profits to @UIchildrens, the folk behind The Iowa Wave Shirt will present the hospital with a check today—for more than $430,000. #IowaWave
— George Schroeder (@GeorgeSchroeder) December 14, 2017
What an incredible donation for the hospital.
The Wave started in Iowa’s season opener against Wyoming, when fans at Kinnick Stadium turned to wave at the children in the hospital, which overlooks the stadium. Opposing players, coaches, media members, officials and anyone else in the stadium started to take part in the tradition, which all started thanks to a Facebook initiative.
Last week, the wave was honored with the Disney Spirit Award during ESPN’s College Football Awards Show.
T-shirts ranged from $18-$30 and hooded sweatshirts ran from $28-$50, making the $450,000 raised an even more remarkable accomplishment.
There’s simply been no better story than the one in Iowa City this year, connecting Hawkeye football, the children’s hospital with college football fans across the nation.