Representatives of movement to create a “nest” in a corner of Kinnick Stadium will have a table at Dance Marathon from 9-11 a.m. on Saturday.
The Herky’s Nest movement has been in place since 2008. The plan, if approved by the UI, is to build an area between the two divisions of the existing student section that will be used to provide seating for children from the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital.
The nest would be used to “generate unprecedented levels of awareness and financial support [for the hospital] … by enhancing the weekly platform whereby Hawkeye Nation honors the heroic stories of the children and families while they enjoy the game as Herky’s guests of honor,” according to the Herky’s Nest website.
Herky’s Nest leader T.J. Anderson — who played the mascot while an undergraduate at Iowa and helped found the Hawks Nest student section — told The Daily Iowan the group is trying to drum up support for the initiative prior to giving its final presentation to the Iowa athletics department sometime in the early fall.
The project itself would be funded by private donations and scholarships if approved. Members of the group will be taking names as pledges of support at Dance Marathon, and those interested can also pledge on the website.
— by Seth Roberts