CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) - A new University of Iowa tradition is spreading to the South.
Hawkeye head football coach Kirk Ferentz and his wife traveled to El Paso, Texas to help with a fundraising event at their children's hospital.
He also visited a local high school who adopted the UI's "wave" as their own.
According to ABC affiliate KVIA the Jefferson High School Silver Foxes football team followed in UI's footsteps and waved to patients at the El Paso Children's hospital during one of their home games.
The Wave originally started in 2017, where players and fans at Kinnick Stadium wave to the children at the nearby hospital between the first and second quarter.
He says it's important to share the message and story of "the wave".
"When you see the kids and learn about their stories, it's very humbling, it's very inspirational, and the kids their families and the people who work to get these kids so healthy," Ferentz said. "They all serve as a great inspiration to all of us."
Ferentz said he has a deeper appreciation for the work going on at children's hospitals across the country.