Sept. 10, 2013
DAVIS, Calif. - UC Davis field hockey recently took a break from its fall practice schedule to stop by Shriners Hospital for a fun-filled afternoon.
"Giving back to the community is an important part of this program. I want my student-athletes to work hard in the classroom, on the field and help improve the community we live in. All three elements are important," said interim head coach Austin Pile.
Shriners Hospitals for Children is a health care system of 22 hospitals dedicated to improving the lives of children by providing pediatric specialty care, innovative research, and outstanding teaching programs for medical professionals. Children up to age 21 with orthopedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate are eligible for care and receive all services in a family-focused environment, regardless of the patients' ability to pay.
"We all had a blast spending time with the children," said senior forward Cloey LemMon. "Everyone on the team looks forward to our Shriners Hospital visit, it's an enjoyable day for everyone involved."
Due to the number of people involved, patients and student-athletes were organized into smaller groups to participate in activity of their choice. One group organized an impromptu floor hockey game, another was found playing basketball, pool, air hockey, or board games like Hungry Hungry Hippos.
In addition to hands completely covered with washable paint, ear-to-ear grins were found on the faces of both players and children in another part of the lobby where various arts and crafts projects took place.
Visit www.shrinershq.org to learn more about the numerous ways one can help children in need and support Shriners Hospitals.