A Joke Turns into $820,000 for a Children’s Hospital


Savannah Jones, Staff Writer

Iowa State fan, Carson King went to College Game Day just like many other fans. But one thing made him stand out. It was his poster. The sign read, “Busch Light Supply Needs Replenished.” King also wrote his Venmo username below the saying. 

King’s sign was seen by thousands of people who were watching the ESPN broadcast that day. Although it was a joke, people actually sent King money through the app. King was sent $270,000. 

But  King’s favorite team, Iowa State, has a unique feature to their stadium. A side of the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital overlooks the Cyclone’s stadium. At the start of the fourth quarter, the fans in the stadium wave to the children staying at the hospital. This tradition may have only started in 2017, but Iowa receives a lot of praise for it. 

King decided to collect the money, but he is doing something very special with it. Last Saturday, exactly a week after King’s poster went viral, he announced on Twitter that he will be donating all of the money. The Tweet read, “With all the donations my @CollegeGameDay sign for @BuschBeer has received, I will be donating all but enough for a case of Busch Light to @uiowa Children’s Hospital. We’re at over $1,600.00 right now! Venmo Carson-King-25”. 

It has gotten even better for King and the hospital. Both Venmo and Busch Beer are matching King’s donation. With even more people donating, plus the companies donations, almost one million dollars will be donated to the hospital. Busch Beer is also giving King a year’s supply of beer. The cans also have his face on them.