Both Iowa Entrepreneurship alums and UI football letter winners, Cy Phillips and John Mickelson teamed up with the help of their wives to show their Hawkeye pride and support of the UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital (UISFCH) by creating The Iowa Wave Shirt.

Having each personally experienced the impact of the children’s hospital, where both families have had a child  receive treatment, the two families came together to create the shirt to help celebrate the new tradition of The Wave, while raising money for a great cause.

“The Iowa Wave Shirt” is a 501c3 which sells apparel to raise money for UISFCH. After the first football season of selling apparel, the organization donated more than $440,000 to UISFCH in 2017.

John Mickelson (BBA, Certificate in Entrepreneurship ‘03, MBA ‘07, JD ’07) is the founder and Managing Partner of Midwest Growth Partners, a private equity firm which purchases businesses from retiring owners in the Midwest. John’s wife Brooke (BA ‘03) co-founded The Iowa Wave Shirt. They now both serve as directors. John and Brooke have four boys and live in West Des Moines, where John serves as a city councilman. (Mickelson family is pictured top left)

Cy Phillips (BA, Certificate in Entrepreneurship ‘06) is the owner of Space Simply, a real estate brokerage in Des Moines. He is also the owner of Gym Space, Storage Space and Space Home Management, a suite of small businesses operating primarily on the west side of Des Moines. Cy’s wife, Meighan (MBA ‘08),   is a managing director of portfolio management at Principal Global Investors and co-founded The Iowa Wave Shirt. They now both serve as directors. Cy and Meighan have four children. (Phillips family is pictured bottom left)

In addition to the Mickelson and Phillips families, The Iowa Wave Shirt team includes Jason and Lori (co-founder) Willis, who also serve as directors of the organization.