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Heart Of A Hawk In Iowa City, Iowa

Herky the Hawk
Courtesy of Herky's Nest
Herky the Hawk

In the fall of 2008 my friend, TJ Anderson — a member of the University of Iowa's Herky the Hawk mascot squad — took note of an unused space in the southwest corner of Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City. And the idea of "Herky's Nest" was born.

TJ envisioned creating Herky's Nest — a home for Herky — that also serves as a premium seating area for children and families from the University of Iowa Children's Hospital. The goodwill gesture brings the community together in a lighthearted and meaningful way.

Jake Bouma is a youth minister in Clive, Iowa. He listens to Iowa Public Radio.

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