March 12, 2013
DAVIS, Calif. - The UC Davis women's soccer team recently stepped out of the weight room, took a break from studying and visited with children at Shriners Hospital in Sacramento.
On Wednesday, March 6, Aggie student-athletes celebrated an early St. Patrick's Day with the kids, decorating paper shamrocks while eating shamrock cookies. Kirstin Holmberg and Dana Granger stepped in to handle the face painting and tattoo making while other players participated in a spirited game of mix doubles air hockey.
Before long, all the players were involved, finding activities for the children to enjoy.
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-centered environment, regardless of the patients' ability to pay.
While the mood was light and time spent with the kids was enjoyable, the importance of the visit was not lost on players and coaches. Head coach Maryclaire Robinson was thankful for the chance to give back to the community.
"To have the opportunity to bring something a little different and fun for the the kids for an evening is special," said Robinson. "The interaction was powerful to watch. Impacting our community in a positive way is something we take seriously and make time for."
Visit www.shrinershq.org for more information on ways to give to children in need.