The Penn State football team paid a visit to the Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital on Wednesday afternoon, and brought plenty of smiles and laughter along with them.
The team interacted with both the children and their families for about two hours. It is the second straight year Penn State football has visited the hospital, and once again, they were a hit.
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Head coach James Franklin came away from the visit with some new artwork on display, too — a temporary tattoo placed directly on top of his head by one young patient.
"We are really excited about being here," Franklin said. "This is turning into a tradition. We talk all the time with our guys about being men for others. That's a term we use all the time in our program to teach our guys about service...A lot of times all of us get caught up in our day-to-day lives, but coming to the Children's Hospital, it puts things in perspective. You realize how blessed you are. I've been inspired."
The current team’s visit was preceded by two notable Penn State football alumni — former Nittany Lions linemen Jordan Hill and Garry Gilliam (currently with the Seattle Seahawks) met with kids at the hospital on Tuesday.
"Getting back into the community, it's always a main focus," said Gilliam, according to York Daily Record reporter Andrew Callahan. "Whether it's at Milton Hershey or here at the med center, anywhere, it's just about letting the kids know that someone cares about them.