Nov. 21, 2011
HOUSTON - A group of University of Houston student-athletes visited Texas Children's hospital last week. The student's interactive involvement at the hospital marked a fun afternoon for both the patients and the athletes and was organized by the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
Student-athletes from baseball, golf, track and field, soccer, and softball spent two hours with patients, visiting with them and signing autographs.
The Cougars partnership with Texas Children's began in 2007 when a member of the baseball team began a three-year battle with acute lymphoid leukemia. The University of Houston student-athletes became a fixture at the hospital during that time, and have continued since with routine visits.
"We did some arts and crafts with them, talked, hung out, told them who we were and asked questions about their favorite subjects in school and favorite sports," senior baseball player Mo Wiley said.
The players also brought gifts with them.
"We gave away backpacks, fans and pom-poms," Wiley added.
He also talked about what he thought the kid's favorite part of the visit was.
"I think their favorite part is just getting to see a different face. Just being able to see them smile whenever somebody new comes in," Wiley said. "We're just college athletes trying to give back and put a smile on a kids face, to make them feel important and that they're not alone."
The student-athletes also had a great time playing with the kids.
"It gave us an opportunity to be more like kids," Wiley said. "Getting to be a little kid again was probably the coolest part for a lot of us. That, and getting to see them smile and have a better day."