College football’s best new tradition is being considered for the Best Sporting Moment of the Year.
On Monday, the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital tweeted that the wave that occurs between the first and second quarters at every game inside Kinnick Stadium has been nominated by the Laureus International Sports Awards.
At the end of the first quarter, fans, players and coaches turn to wave at patients in the Stead Family Children’s Hospital, which overlooks Kinnick Stadium. The new tradition has been one of the most talked-about in college football this season.
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— UI Stead Family Children's Hospital (@UIchildrens) December 4, 2017
The wave started as a Facebook initiative, as the hospital hoped to get fans to turn and wave at the children at the end of the first quarter of Iowa’s season opening game against Wyoming. Since then, it has taken off.
Now, media personalities, opposing players and coaches, media members, and everyone else inside of Kinnick Stadium is participating. Many opponents — like Minnesota head coach P.J. Fleck and Purdue linebacker Ja’Whaun Bentley — have referred to it as the best tradition in college football.
There are several incredible moments in sports, but this one is going to be difficult to top.