The UC Davis Aggie football team showed kids what it really means to be a football hero when the team made its annual pre-season visit to Shriners Hospital last week.
“The players look forward to this every year and it’s a tremendous honor and a blessing that we have the opportunity to come over and visit with these kids,” said Ron Gould, UC Davis Aggie’s head coach. “It warms our hearts and gives us a better appreciation for what we do have. You can tell by the interactions of the players that they love hanging out with these kids.”
Games of Jenga, air hockey, pool and mini-hoop basketball joined video games, painting and other children’s activities to bring smiles to everyone involved. Judging by an intense game of Jenga that took place and some feverish dancing by the Aggies while playing video games, it was hard to tell who was having more fun.
“I think the players have a little bit more fun,” said Gould jokingly.The most important activity, however, was just spending time and the Aggies and patients enjoyed that equally.
Punter Colby Wadman was making his third trip to Shriners Hospital for Children and said the trips have become something that he looks forward to every year. He said first-year players usually don’t know what to expect but once they visit, they’re hooked and ready to return every year.
“It’s awesome to come here and brighten up the kids’ day,” he said. “It’s very humbling for us to see what some of these kids have gone through… but it’s an awesome experience to hang out with these kids and have a good time. During my first year, I really didn’t know what to expect didn’t know how to interact with the kids but after that, it’s become one of my favorite parts of camp.”
We are looking forward to cheering on the UC Davis Aggie football team this year. Season opener is September 3 at Nevada.