BRISTOL, Tenn. – Last month, the King University tennis team visited the Niswonger Children's Hospital. While there, the student-athletes spent time with the children and played games with them.
"The King University tennis team visit was so wonderful for our patients," said Ashlee Graham, Child Life Manager. "The team was very appropriate and put so many smiles on children's faces. One particular visit really sticks out to me, one of the tennis players played Fortnite with a patient. We heard lots of laughs, they both really enjoyed it! This visit allows our patients to have a break in the day and forget about the hospital for a few minutes. Thank you!"
The experience was great for the Tornado student-athletes to see how much of an impact they made on the children by spending a few minutes with them.
"Going to the children's hospital made me realize how the smallest things can mean so much," Lauren Smorgonsky said. "It was a very heartwarming experience for me."
"It was such a blessing to meet so many brave kids and their families," head coach Tim Dunford said. "To be able to hand out so many little stuffed animals and posters that the players and coaches signed and to give them a break from everything and see so many smiles was amazing. I feel that the children had just as much of a positive impact on us as we did on them. Thank you to Amanda Ward for helping coordinate the visit and to the entire staff at Niswonger. We are already looking forward to our next visit."
"During my visit, I was inspired by the positivity of the children, despite their health conditions," commented Charles Jabaley.