Football Giving Back to the Community


Three-year-old Jacob Gram enjoyed the Marshall players visit and the candy they brought with them.

Three-year-old Jacob Gram enjoyed the Marshall players visit and the candy they brought with them.

April 13, 2006

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Members of the Marshall University football team visited and distributed candy to children at Cabell Huntington Hospital and the Edwards Comprehensive Cancer Center Thursday.

The annual Easter week hospital visit is one of many community service projects the Marshall Football team participates in throughout the year. Last Saturday, several team members visited children at Charleston Area Medical Center's Womens and Children's Hospital.

"This was wonderful," Marshall junior running back Ahmad Bradshaw said. "I love being out with the kids and having a chance like this to spend time with them and cheer them up, especially with it being so close to Easter. I have a little girl of my own and being here with these young people today really puts life in perspective."

Bradshaw was one of more than a dozen Marshall Football players who volunteered to go on the annual visit.

"A lot of these kids look up to us as role models and if we can brighten their day by spending just a few minutes with them that's great," senior kicker Ian O'Connor said.

Several members of the Marshall Football team will be traveling to Buffalo Elementary in Wayne County to help support and cheer on people participating in the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life event. The student-athletes will be at the event from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m