Iowa football crowd stands to wave at children at neighboring hospital.

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Iowa football crowd stands to wave at children at neighboring hospital.

Many love sports for the traditions and rituals surrounding it, whether they’re personal ones or those related to the teams themselves.

The University of Iowa recently started a new tradition, and it’s one that capturing people’s imaginations for its heart and generosity.

After a season-opening win, fans stood and waved to the kids watching from the windows of the nearly Stead Family Children’s Hospital, which is across the street from the football stadium.

The gesture went viral across Twitter and Facebook…

Iowa has a long tradition with the hospital, which is part of the larger University system. The team has a ‘kid captain’ that joins the players each home game on the sidelines. Fans are also encouraged to donate money with each Hawkeye touchdown, which raised $42,000 last season.

Those initiatives all bolster the children’s hospital in concrete ways, but watch the video below to see how one dramatic gesture can make a heart swell…

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