DUBUQUE, Iowa — On January 18th, the Dubuque Fighting Saints will host Hawkeye Night supporting the Iowa Wave. The Friday game against Waterloo will support the Stead Family Children’s hospital along with one of the greatest traditions in college football, the Iowa Wave. The University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital has been dedicated to meeting the health care needs of children and families since 1919. As Iowa’s only comprehensive children’s hospital, they provide care for children from birth to young adulthood. Their services range from promoting wellness to the care of general childhood illness, surgery, traumatic injuries, life-threatening and chronic illnesses, and developmental disabilities. The Fighting Saints will be working with Zoarc Fitness, which actively supports the Stead Family Hospital and the Iowa Wave.
“Since the day I created Zoarc a couple years ago, my main goal has been to make a positive impact on the community through my brand,” said founder of Zoarc Fitness Connor Weitz. “Zoarc’s mission is to promote health/wellness, athletics, and positivity and the word Zoarc itself means maintaining life. As a graduate of the University of Iowa and having a passion for health and wellness, after the great new Wave tradition was created, I immediately felt the need to support and promote it.”
Thanks to Zoarc Fitness, joining the Fighting Saints for the game will be three former Iowa Hawkeye Football players: Akrum Wadley, Jordan Canzeri and Marvin McNutt. The players will be available for autographs and photographs behind section 110 during the game.
Wadley rushed for nearly 3,000 yards in his four-year career with Iowa. The running back at 28 touchdowns and was 2017 Third Team All-Big Ten. Canzeri was also a running back for Iowa, totaling just over 2,000 career rushing yards. Canzeri holds the school record for most carries in a single game, with 43. He was a member of the 2015 Third Team All-Big Ten. McNutt is Iowa’s career leader in receiving yards and touchdowns along with the team’s single season leader in yards, touchdowns and receptions. He was named to the 2011 First Team All-Big Ten.
During the night of the 18th, fans will have a chance to purchase IOWAVE t-shirts. The proceeds will go to the Stead Family Children’s Hospital in Iowa City. In addition, half the 50/50 pot will also benefit the Children’s Hospital.
“Through the sales of IOWAVE shirts and additional donations at our events, over $7,000 has been raised and donated to the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital in 2018,” said Weitz. “My goal is to double that amount in 2019.”
Not only will the night be Iowa centric, but it will include other areas of intrigue. The Friday night contest against Waterloo will mark another Dupaco Cowbell Cup Matchup, the third Cowbell Cup game between Dubuque and Waterloo this season. Finally, it will be another Family 4 Pack evening. You can use promo code “family” to save $20 off tickets, Pizza Ranch pizza, soda’s and innovation station bracelets.