March 16, 2011 - by
`Noles Visit Children At TMH

March 16, 2011

By Zach Mendelson,

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Normally the day before a big match teams will spend their every available free moment preparing for their opponent. The Florida State women’s tennis team took a different approach as they spent Wednesday afternoon making a unique trip over to the Tallahassee Memorial Hospital to spend some time with children receiving special care. 

“We had a great time being at the TMH Pediatric Unit today,” said head coach Jennifer Hyde. “There are kids and families there who could really use a smiling face or something to help lift them up, even if it’s only for a few moments.” 

The experience was fun not only for the children to have new visitors, but it was also a wonderful experience for the team that they will not soon forget. 

“Ruth brought in her guitar, we all sang a few songs, we did some puzzles with a young little bright-eyed kid, played a game on the Nintendo Wii with a patient, and just had some good hearty laughs with the kids and their families,” said Hyde. “At the end of the day we all know we made some kind of difference in someone’s life, not to mention, they made an impact on our lives right back.” 

The Seminoles will now get back to business tomorrow afternoon as they take on the Georgia State Panthers at 3:00pm on the courts of the Scott Speicher Tennis Center. 

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