To make a statement or get a point across, fashion is a primary place to go. The University of Iowa men’s basketball team used that tactic to help support Coach McCaffery’s son Patrick and his diagnoses. Patrick McCaffery recently underwent surgery to remove a thyroid tumor, which they found out was malignant. The hashtag team pat and slogan pmac spread across the team, campus, and in some cases the nation.
It all started during the basketball game versus Northwestern where the team sported these shirts. “Fran then said he received a voicemail from junior guard Josh Oglesby that night and that he was the one who suggested to him the idea of wearing the shirts this weekend” (Hawkeye Drive).
Many others have followed the trend to spread the support of P-mac. Shown below (on the left) the Iowa Arena Football League The Barnstormers are showing their support through their warm up shirts. As well as Herky(on the right) has made a #teampat shirt for himself to sport at the NCAA tournament.
Along with the fans, the support is widely spread throughout the hawkeye athletic family.
The University of Iowa women’s basketball team put “Team Pat” on their new gold shoes to sport for the NCAA tournament.
Newly crowned National Champion Tony Ramos also sported his P-Mac shirt during an interview after his winning match.
The support from iowa city is flooding and people are constantly tweeting on how to get more P-Mac shirts and other gear to help fundraise and advocate the awareness.