“(Jamie) Pollard, Iowa State’s athletics director, a mover and a shaker to the nth degree, was in Sioux City Monday to drum up enthusiasm for Cyclone athletics.
He succeeded famously.” –
COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa -- The 2007 Cyclones tailgate tour had its busiest day Tuesday. But by the end of a full schedule of events in
More than 500 Iowa State fans gathered in the parking lot of the Mid-America Center to hear the “voice” of the Cyclones, John Walters, introduce athletics director Jamie Pollard, head football coach Gene Chizik and head wrestling coach Cael Sanderson. Sanderson asked the question of the night while up at the podium.
“Is it great to be a Cyclone fan or what?”
Omaha Children’s Hospital
The day began with a visit to the Children’s
It was Mrs. Henry Doorly who conceived the idea of a local children’s hospital in 1943 when she overheard a conversation in which another mother told a hospital employee that she could not pay for her child’s care. Mrs. Doorly went to her husband Henry, who helped finance construction of the hospital that opened in 1948.
Pollard and the coaches toured two floors of the 141-bed facility. The children expressed their appreciation for the visits, some only through their eyes. In the art room, interest centered on Sanderson, who was a graphic design major at
“My daughter’s eyes lit up when you came into the room,” said one parent to Sorenson.
The Cyclone swim coach earlier talked and laughed with a young patient, who was a swimmer.
“When you swim, you need four meals a day,” the girl told Sorenson as she munched on some food her mother had brought in from the outside.
Hospital officials thanked the tailgate tour members, which included its most popular member, Cy.
“I think it is great that you guys have done this,” said hospital community relations specialist Rob Harding. “Some of the children can’t fully express how much they enjoy getting visitors. But I can assure you, they appreciate getting visitors.”
Omaha Boys and Girls Club
The caravan headed next to the Omaha Boys and Girls Club, which had planned ahead for the arrival of its Cyclone guests. More than 300 children from elementary school age through high schoolers had assembled in the facility gym. The first major eruption of energy occurred when Cy made his entry on to the basketball court. Ronanye got the assembly rocking by doing a back flip in street clothes.
After a short talk by Pollard, Chizik and about 30 members of the Boys and Girls Club Pop Warner Football team adjourned to a different location. Chizik talked to the group about being young and having the opportunity to do anything they wanted in the future.
Chizik, once a third-grade and middle school teacher, used his classroom experience skills Tuesday. The Cyclone head coach brought forth for club members one of their own, ISU quarterback recruit Phillip Bates of
The Boys and Girls Club of Omaha has more than 7,700 members, up to 1,000 of which are active in its summer programs. The Dorene and Lee Butler Family Youth and
“We want this to be a positive place for kids,” Boy’s and Girl’s Club chief professional officer Thomas R. Kunkel said. “We have a wide variety of programs for the different needs of the children. This was a great day for our kids. There were excited to see everyone.”
The final stop before the tailgate celebration was at
The mayor of
The tour moves on to