Aggie Football Visits Shriner's Children's Hospital

UC Davis Football
UC Davis Football

Aug. 19, 2010

Watch highlights from the Aggies' visit to Shriner's Children's Hospital

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Smiles and having fun were the only goals on the game plan Tuesday evening when the UC Davis football team visited patients and their families at Shriner's Children's Hospital in Sacramento.

The Aggies, who are in the midst of preseason practices, have made a visit to the hospital an annual tradition for several years. Players distributed t-shirts and autographs footballs to the children but, most importantly, they brought their smiles.

"It's an opportunity for our guys to give back to the community and realize how fortunte they are and how unfortunate often times other people are," said head coach Bob Biggs. "Just to put a smile on these kids' face for one day is very, very special."

New players were introduced to the hospital and its valuable contributions through a video presentation while returning players went right to having fun with the children with a variety of games and activities.

"It's humbling just to see how active these kids are and how enthusiastic they are," said senior tackle Reggie Mason. "Giving us the opportunity to come and play with them and mingle with them is really cool."

There are 22 Shriner's Hospitals for Children throughout the country, providing free medical care for orthopadeic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and plate.

(Video by UC Davis Athletics Media Relations)