JACKSONVILLE, Fla.- On March 28, the young ladies of the Jacksonville University women’s basketball took time to visit the patients at the Wolfson Children’s Hospital in downtown Jacksonville.
“It was special to see the excitement and smiles on the children’s faces when they heard that JU basketball players wanted to visit,” said Assistant Coach Brandon Rohr. “The team was able to visit three different floors of patients and will now make it one of their annual service events.”
In one of the most significant hours the team has spent together this year, the time at Wolfson had a huge impact on everyone involved.
“It was a special event for so many reasons,” said junior guard April Carson. “To be able to give these children some hope and some excitement and take their mind off what they are going through in treatment is so worth the time we spent. I think it also helped remind us of the platform that we have as student-athletes. It was a powerful event overall.”
Wolfson Children’s Hospital opened in 1955 as a place for all children to be admitted and treated without regard to creed, religion, race or financial position and that original mission remains today. Currently, the hospital has 199 beds and is also home to some of the most advanced pediatric research in the entire country.
The women’s basketball team has currently performed over 215 hours of community service for the 2013-2014 season. On April 19, their next project will be assisting the Beach Habitat for Humanity program in building a house for a special family.