The Iowa State Tailgate Tour finished up its 2013 Making a Difference Campaign with two visits in Fort Dodge. At the first stop, Iowa State surprised Jeff Burke, a 34-year-old volunteer firefighter who saved the life of a patient and was hit by an uncoming vehicle. At the Fort Dodge Tailgate Tour event, ISU honored Landen Hout, a 7-year-old diagnosed with autism who loves to play basketball. See below for those features.
Wednesday, May 22: Making a Differnce and Cyclone Feud Round Five
The Iowa State Tailgate Tour continued its 2013 Making a Difference Campaign with visits in Sioux City and Okoboji. In Sioux City, Iowa State once again honored the Wentz Family. Larry Wentz, the long time Des Moines and Sioux City news anchor recently recovered from a liver transplant and was able to attend this year's tour stop after missing last years stop. Click here to see last year's feature on Wentz and see below for a feature from this year's stop.
In Okoboji, ISU honored Mark Brown. He served in the Air Force for 27 years and is a veteran of Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. Brown is an avid Cyclone fan and loves to visit about his "good old days" at Iowa State.. Here is a feature on Brown.
Tuesday, May 21: Making a Difference and Cyclone Feud Round Four
The Iowa State Tailgate Tour continued its 2013 Making a Difference Campaign with visits in Carroll and Omaha. In Omaha, ISU honored Ron Tekippe. Tekippe is active in many community activities around the Council/Bluffs/Omaha area. He has beeen in the Leadership Council Bluffs and Leadership Iowa groups. He is a member of the ISU Parent Association Board of Directors, a member of an Engineering Advisory Board, a football season ticket holder and a member of the Cyclone Club and Gridiron Club. Here is a feature on Tekippe.
In Carroll, Iowa State honored Orville Petersen, who is fighting pulmonary fibrosis and lung cancer. Petersen is a huge Cyclone fan, was a farmer all his life and supported the Cyclones every chance he got. Here is a feature on this afternoon's stop in Carroll.
Tuesday, May 21: Tailgate Tour Resumes Tuesday
The Cyclone Tailgate Tour, a traveling caravan featuring coaches, student-athletes, spirit squads, Cy, interactive games, inflatable attractions for kids, and door prizes makes stops across CyclONE Nation. The second leg of the Tailgate Tour, hitting locations in western Iowa and north/northwest Iowa resumes Tuesday.
The events are free and open to all fans and friends of the Cyclones. The Iowa State culture is well represented among our great coaches and staff. These events offer an opportunity to interact with coaches Paul Rhoads, Bill Fennelly, Fred Hoiberg, Kevin Jackson and Christy Johnson-Lynch along with our Athletics Director, Jamie Pollard and the voice of the Cyclones, John Walters! Doors open 30 minutes prior to each event.
Every year, Iowa State Athletics gives back to communities along the Tailgate Tour by making visits to local hospitals, schools, community centers, and sometimes unsuspecting fans. We are continuing this trend with our campaign, "Making a difference across Cyclone Nation." We have collected nominations of individuals who continually make a difference in their community and are excited to recognize them along the tour. Stay tuned for updates throughout the tour.
Please check back to this page each day during the tour to see our popular "Cyclone Feud" game, videos, photos and other content built around the Tour.
Wednesday, May 15: Making a Difference and Cyclone Feud Round Three
Cyclone Feud Round Three
The Iowa State Tailgate Tour continued its 2013 Making a Difference Campaign with its visit in Iowa Falls and Waterloo. In Iowa Falls, Iowa State honored the Brunkhorst Family. Dr. Joe Brunkhorst II is a family practicioner for Ellsworth Minicipal Hospital, Ann works in the cardiac rehab at Ellsworth and sons Joey and Luke are both in residency.
In Waterloo, Iowa State honored John Schuller. He is the branch manager of Greenbelt Bank and Trust, who is a strong supporter of ISU Athletics and holds many meetings with customers at football games. He is the treasurer of the local Kiwanis Club in Grundy Center and is very involved in the Iowa River Greenbelt Trust.
Tuesday, May 14: Making a Difference, Camp Courageous and Cyclone Feud Round Two
Cyclone Feud Round Two
Making a Difference: Amy Anderson (Cedar Rapids)
The Iowa State Tailgate Tour continued its 2013 Making a Difference Campaign with its visit in Cedar Rapids. Iowa State honored Amy Anderson who has a passion for helping others in need. She coordinates the BackPack program which sends food home with children in need. Here is a feature on this afternoon's stop in Cedar Rapids.
Camp Courageous Visit
The Iowa State Tailgate Tour continued its 2013 Making a Difference Campaign with its visit in Dubuque. Iowa State honored Dubuque native Mike Schaul who has been a coach for over a decade in Dubuque County to many basketball, baseball and softball teams. Mike takes pride in teaching kids the importance of sportsmanship. Here is a feature on this afternoon's stop in Dubuque.
Dr. Wayne Budding Making A Difference (Bettendorf) and Cyclone Feud Day One | Photos
The Iowa State Tailgate Tour continued its Making a Difference Campaign at Monday evening's event in Bettendorf. Iowa State honored Dr. Wayne Budding for his impact in his community. Below is a feature on this evening's stop.
Cyclone Feud Day One
It's back. Click below to see day one of "The Family Feud" style contest with the "families" of Kevin Jackson, Paul Rhoads and Bill Fennelly against Fred Hoiberg, Jamie Pollard and Christy Johnson-Lynch participating against each other in our version, "Cyclone Feud." Here is round one...
Monday, May 13: Tailgate Tour Making A Difference, Graecie and Bailey Wuebker (Pella)
The Iowa State Tailgate Tour started its 2013 Making a Difference Campaign with its visit in Pella. Iowa State honored Albia natives Graecie (seven) and Bailey (five) Wuebker who host an annual Cyclone-themed party to honor their late father Josh. Here is a feature on this afternoon's stop in Pella.
2013 Tailgate Tour Schedule
May 13 - Bettendorf, Waterfront Convention Center - 5:30 p.m.
May 14 - Cedar Rapids, NewBo City Market - 5:30 p.m.
May 15 - Waterloo, National Cattle Congress - 5:30 p.m.
May 21 - Omaha, Henry Doorly Zoo - 6 p.m.
May 22 - Okoboji, Arnold's Park Pavilion - 5:30 p.m.
May 23 - Clear Lake, Surf Ballroom - 5:30 p.m.
2013 Mid-day Stops
May 13 - Pella, Bos Landen Golf Club - 12 p.m.
May 14 - Dubuque, Best Western Convention Center - 12 p.m.
May 15 - Iowa Falls, Highland Golf Club - 12 p.m.
May 21 - Carroll, Carroll Golf and Country Club - 12 p.m.
May 22 - Sioux City, Sioux City Convention Center - 12 p.m.
May 23 - Fort Dodge, Fort Dodge Ford Toyota - 12 p.m.