The University of Tennessee Vols Men’s Basketball team paid a surprise visit to East Tennessee Children’s Hospital residents Wednesday morning to wish all the youngsters a Happy 2013.
Seeing the players interact with the children, it was obvious they were enjoying the visits as much as the children.
Guard D’Montre Edwards said, “It’s more joyful for me to realize how blessed I am and to allow these kids to watch us on TV.”
Guard Skylar McBee told reporters, “Being a college athlete isn’t just about playing basketball, it’s also about academics and also about doing things in the community. We are here to be positive examples for all the kids. You know, just to come see these kids and hopefully brighten their day a little bit makes it all worth while.”
Trae Golden said, “It means a lot, it gets to show you how fortunate you definitely are. It is just a great thing to come here and see how happy they are and just be able to do things like this.”
Jeronne Maymon commented, “Especially during this time of year, it’s a new beginning for everybody. Anybody who feels like they want to accomplish something, we just want to get out here and provide that feeling for them.”
East Tennessee Children’s Hospital’s vision is Leading the Way to Healthy Children. Children’s Hospital is a private, independent, not-for-profit pediatric medical center which has served the East Tennessee region for over 75 years and is certified by the state of Tennessee as a Comprehensive Regional Pediatric Center.
UT Men’s Basketball team members D’Montre Edwards, Trae Golden, Kenny Hall, Brandon Lopez, Yemi Makanjuola, Jeronne Maymo, Skylar McBee, Jordan McRae, Dwight Miller, Armani Moore, Rob Murphy, Derek Reese, Josh Richardson, Jarnell Stokes and Quinton Chievous participated in the event.