Dec. 21, 2001
The Florida State University men’s basketball team visited the Tallahassee Memorial Hospital Thursday to spread holiday cheer with hugs and high-fives to countless children who are spending the holiday season away from family and loved ones.
“It’s very important to us to participate in events like this because it gives us another chance to give back to the kids who support us,” said senior Antwuan Dixon. “Coming to the hospital allows us to cheer up the children who might be less fortunate than us.”
During the visit, the team members and coaches spent over two hours going from room to room with gift bags and cheer to children suffering from illnesses ranging from kidney problems to asthma.
The annual visit to the hospital is among head coach Steve Robinson’s community service priorities.
“We may enter the hospital feeling sorry for ourselves for some reason,” said Robinson. “The best therapy in the world is to come through the doors of the hospital and see the children in some of these rooms. It really puts things into perspective and shows us how thankful we really should be.”