DAVENPORT, Iowa – Two for two. The second stop on the Cyclone Tailgate Tour, which was climaxed by a Mississippi Riverfront party that drew more than 700 people to the Cardinal and Gold tent event, affirmed the surge of Iowa State fan support in the Quad Cities Thursday.
The evening was prefaced by a day of visits that began with a visit to Genesis West Medical Center, St. Paul of the Apostle Elementary School and an afternoon of basketball at Friendly House. Each visit was well-received and a source of enjoyment for those being visited and those on the tour.
“It was inspiring to have Cael Sanderson come and talk to our students about setting goals, hard work and believing in themselves,” St. Paul of the Apostle principal Dan Ryan said. “The younger kids really loved Cy.”
The Cyclone mascot was mobbed by primary grade students, many of whom immediately expressed their new allegiance in support of their feathery friend.
After lunch it was on to Friendly House, one of three settlement houses serving a distinct community in the state of Iowa. More than 50 children played basketball with the likes of ISU men’s hoops head coach Greg McDermott, athletics director Jamie Pollard and additional Iowa State athletics staff.
“We have been serving this area since 1896, from young children to the elderly,” Friendly House assistant director Terry Hendershott said. “We invited other groups to come after school and enjoy this with us.”
The riverfront event featured Iowa State athletics director Jamie Pollard, women’s basketball head coach Bill Fennelly, men’s basketball head coach Greg McDermott and and football coach Gene Chizik.
Iowa State student athletes were also in attendance, signing autographs and helping with children’s games and attractions that surrounded the main tent.
The success of Thursday’s event and the Tailgate Tour opener Wednesday night in Cedar Rapids, bodes well for the next two stops on the tour. ISU staff and student athletes will be Sioux City Monday and then in Council Bluffs Tuesday.