We know that being involved in sports teaches a student many lessons and builds character. Players from the Littleton High School Lacrosse Team pushed themselves a little further and made time to visit patients at the Children's Hospital Aurora Campus last Saturday. With a busy Saturday of graduation parties and a study free weekend eight special players spent time having a catch in the hospital atrium, making puppets, signing team photos and playing a matching game with the kids. One parent even noted how hands on the male athletes are with the kids. It is evident how long some patients are in the hospital if they can compare different groups that come in and volunteer.
Watching the high school boys, you could see how this visit gave them perspective. It humbled them that hard games and practices really aren't that hard in contrast to the chemo, surgery and other treatments these young patients endure. Spending time with each other brought both players and patients a little joy to the day.
Children's Volunteer Statistics:
Total Volunteers: 1,977
Total Volunteer Hours: 158,232
Volunteer Hours Converted to Dollars*: $3,447,875
I have to commend the volunteer office for arranging such visits. Children's is an awesome hospital that is going to do whatever is possible to make a young child's life better. The kids look up these big strong athletes and pay attention to what they say and how they react. Influencing the young kids in this positive way sends a message to continue to fight and never give up, and you will at some point in time make someone’s life better.