Aggie Football Team Spreads Cheer at Atlanta Children's Hospital

By: Michael Oder Email
By: Michael Oder Email

The Texas A&M football team visited kids at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Friday.

  • Players spent over an hour at the hospital, talking with kids.
  • Six players went to rooms to see kids too sick to join the whole team.
  • Chick-fil-A brought t-shirts and small cow dolls

The team has no public events planned for Saturday.

ATLANTA The Texas A&M Football team in is Atlanta, preparing for the Chick-fil-a Bowl on New Year's Eve. Outside of practice, the team is getting to know the community.

Kicking off the first community event of the week before the game, the Texas A&M Football team brought some reinforcements with them to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Friday morning. The unusual sound of hooves clopping down hallways belonged to cattle.

Well, the Chick-fil-A cows, to be exact. The team from Texas was escorted around the wings of the hospital by the bowl game mascot. Almost seemed fitting for a school with strong agriculture background.

The players stopped at nearly every room they could. "Oh! Look what you're gonna get!" said one mom, gesturing to two signed visors. Her two boys were making fast friends with the student-athletes. A small group of six players went to each room to visit with the kids who were too sick to join the rest of the team downstairs.

"Hey Little Man, what's up?" asks Drew Kaser, punter for the Aggies, as he enters a room.

"Oh, it's amazing how some of them will look at you in amazement and to see the things that they're going through and to help them out, that's what we came here to do," said Aggie defensive lineman Gavin Stansbury.

"You know, it's tough being here," shared Kaser.

"It's just great, coming here and visiting with them. Just to give them something to cheer about," he continued.

Chic-fil-A helping make sure that each kids gets a signed momento from the visit. They provided t-shirts and miniature cow dolls. They had just about ever size to fit just about every kid, including some tiny ones for the newborns.

"A shirt and a hat and a towel and a cow and another towel," listed Jarius Walker. The quiet boy sat cross-legged on his hospital bed, going through his newly acquired things. When asked what he thought about all of it, he simply responded "cool."

Olivia King, on the other hand, knew about football. She stood in the hall, wearing a protective mask, holding her signed 12th Man Towel. She didn't expect the players to visit her room.

"My friends are obsessed with football," said King. "I just never got in to TV football, but like actual games, those are fun."

Some of these kids spent Christmas at the hospital. A little slice of life outside the hospital walls brings up smiles.

"The giant cow is more of a hit than us," laughed Kaser.

"Every kid's face just lights up and they smile. It's just awesome seeing that. It's really cool," he continued.

The team spent about an hour inside the hospital here outside of Atlanta, seeing over a dozen children, anywhere from newborn to teenagers. Coaches and players alike think they may have picked up a few fans along the way.

There aren't any events planned for Saturday, outside of practice.

The team plans to visit the Ebenezer Baptist Church, the tomb of Dr. and Mrs. King, and Dr. King’s birth home on Sunday.

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