UIHC Stead Family Children's Hospital provides Pinstripe Bowl tailgate party for patients

Published: Dec. 27, 2017 at 10:15 PM CST
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Tonight the Iowa Hawkeyes beat Boston College 27 to 20 in the Pinstripe Bowl. Some of the team's youngest fans watched the game on the big screen at the university's Stead Family Children's Hospital.

One fan says he was ecstatic to not only watch the game from there, but also to get a lot of recognition from far away.

At every home game this year, fans at Kinnick Stadium would wave to the sick children in the hospital. Even though it was an "away game" fans still kept the "wave" going from Yankees Stadium, hoping the kids here were watching. Fiston Namutchibwe suffers from sickle cell disease. He's been at the hospital through Christmas. He says the wave is pretty awesome.

"A lot of my friends have done the wave and told me how the experience was for them and every time I think about it I think it's pretty cool that they're waving at me and I'm waving back saying thank you for all you're doing for me," said Namutchibwe."

He also received this Pinstripe Bowl stocking hat provided by the Pinstripe Bowl.