IOWA CITY, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- The Hawkeyes may not being playing football right now, but the wave is still making people smile at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.
It's all because of an idea from some hospital nurses. Instead of the crowd waving to kids, a university crew used survey equipment to design this giant wave. A three year old hospital patient saw it first hand.
Joe Fogle is no stranger to the hospital. He's had eight surgeries at the University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital after he was born with VACTERL Association, which stands for vertebral defects, anal atresia, cardiac defects, tracheo-esophageal fistula, renal anomalies, and limb abnormalities. People diagnosed with VACTERL association typically have at least three of these characteristic features.
Joe got a pleasant surprise Thursday morning when crews in Kinnick Stadium "waved" at him.
"He sat in the window and was waving to the workers as they were doing it. What it means to families of kids here at the hospital or just anybody here at the hospital. It's incredible," said Alisha Fogle, Joe's mother.
Some of the hospital's nurses helped come up with the idea.
"Just thought of it as a good way to keep the wave alive and something to give positive messages back to the kids," said Marcia Knepp, an assistant nurse manager at the children's hospital.
When finished with their creation, the crew came out of the cold and up to the hospital's 12th floor to see it from the kids' point of view.
"We didn't really know what to expect when we got down there. Honestly, we were just drawing in the snow. We've never done it before," said Tony Senio, the sports turf manager for the University of Iowa.
"It just hugely lifts their spirits. It's something so simple but it's just something that brightens everyone's day including the staff," said Knepp.
One of the stadium's construction workers wears a vest with the wave spray painted on the back. He said he's glad the wave's legacy keeps growing.
"It's a great idea. I just looked down to see them snow blowing the field and seeing this big hand so it's really cool that it caught on," said Justin Mason of Montrose.
"The fact that they would take the time out of their day to make my son smile and make other patients that are here in the unit, to make them smile. I'm not a really emotional person but seeing that definitely brought a tear to my eye," said Fogle.
Sending a wave of hope to patients like Joe who need it most. Some hospital staff members said they're thinking of potential ideas for the wave in the spring.
The Iowa Hawkeyes posted the following video on their Twitter account Thursday afternoon:
A 'snow wave' has been drawn on the Kinnick Stadium football field.
The University tells TV9 they have something planned but will not give more details.
'The Wave' to patients at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Stead Family Children's Hospital was done throughout the 2017 Iowa Hawkeye Football season after the first quarter of the football games.