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Men's Basketball Team Brings Smiles and Gifts to Children's Memorial Hospital

Men's Basketball Team Brings Smiles and Gifts to Children's Memorial Hospital

1/6/2012 12:00 AM

The Wright College Men’s Basketball team shared holiday cheer with the patients at Children’s Memorial Hospital over their break. Three players, two student managers and two coaches visited the Brown Family Life Center in Lincoln Park to play with the inpatient children and their families. The Rams brought toy airplanes as gifts and made basketball hoops with the children.

Bayan Abad, student coordinator of basketball operations, organized the visit. “It’s a win-win for both sides,” said Abad. “Everyone has a chance to come together and have some fun.”

Athletics, like the Rams basketball team, contributes to a vibrant student life at Wright College and throughout the City Colleges of Chicago, providing campus unity and spirit. The Rams men’s basketball team is one of three athletic programs at Wright College and one of 20 teams across the City Colleges district. Each year more than 400 City Colleges student-athletes compete in the National Junior College Athletic Association in seven different sports where they learn discipline, responsibility, self-confidence and accountability.

City Colleges is rooted in the community with a long history of outreach through volunteer activities, programs and facility use. The recent trip to Children’s Memorial Hospital is just one example of that continued commitment. “We wanted our guys to have an opportunity to see this, to understand what it’s like to give back to the community,” said Joel Bullock, assistant coach.

The players enjoyed the chance to provide the patients and their families with a break from their holiday hospital stay. “I wanted to spend time with the kids and thought this would be a good experience,” said sophomore forward Mike Haderspeck, who volunteered with Special Olympics in high school.

The team plans to do another visit during the spring semester, when the full team returns to campus.

The Rams start conference play on January 11, 2012 and the season runs through February.

Contact Information

Nikole Muzzy(312) 553-3310
Nikole Muzzy
(312) 553-3310