Oct. 29, 2007
A group of Marshall University football players visited children at Cabell Huntington Hospital and the Joan C. Edwards Cancer Center on Monday. The players brought treat bags with them that were filled with candy for all of the children who are hospitalized and will unlikely be able to trick-or-treat this week.
"It feels great to visit with the children and just bring a smile to their face. I really enjoy spending some time with these kids," Senior Wide Receiver Shawn Lauzon said. "The hardest part for me is visiting the intensive care unit and the oncology patients. It really puts things into perspective and makes you appreciate all of the things we take for granted."
Marshall football players routinely visit children at Cabell-Huntington Hospital during holidays such as Easter, Halloween and Christmas. The annual hospital visits are just one of the many community outreach activities that Thundering Herd football players participate in each year.
In the last three years alone, Marshall football players have contributed 722 total hours of community service in Southern West Virginia. Marshall players have volunteered their time in activities ranging from the Special Olympics and elementary school reading programs to youth football camps and Habitat for Humanity projects.
"It's a wonderful feeling to know you had a part in making a child smile," Sophomore Tight End Cody Slate said. "I think it is very important for us to give back. If we can just make a little bit of a positive difference in a someone's life, its worth it."