Dec. 14, 2004
The Florida State women’s basketball team took a break from the court Tuesday morning to make a special visit to the children’s ward at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital. The Seminoles, dressed in their Santa hats, brought some Christmas cheer to some children, some parents and even some of the hard-working nurses and medical staff.
“It’s always a good feeling when you are in a position to help others who are less fortunate,” FSU senior co-captain Roneeka Hodges said. “To see those kids faces light up just from the gifts that we gave them and our presence there, it just really felt good.”
During the visit, the Seminoles passed out posters and took pictures with a couple of children.
“It makes you feel great (to see the kids faces light up), especially when you hear they get to go home soon,” FSU senior co-captain Linnea Liljestrand said. “It’s just nice to help make their day maybe or make them happy for the moment and give something to them right before Christmas. It’s just great.”
The team got back to action last Sunday with a victory at New Orleans. It was the Tribe’s first game back after final exams. With a little more time on their hands this week, with no classes, the Seminoles thought it was important to use their time to help others.
“Your time isn’t necessarily always about you as an individual,” Hodges said. “We are fortunate and these people are not as fortunate so I think it is good that we could come out of here and do some things outside of our normal routine.”
“Obviously, we get a lot from the community coming to support us and we want to give something back,” Liljestrand said. “We’re practicing and doing a lot of that stuff right now and and it’s great to go out and be able to share around the holidays. This is something we enjoy doing. We spend a lot of time in the gym and hitting the books during the year and now while we have this Christmas break, it’s especially a good time to get out and meet some new people and give something back.”