BRISTOL, Tenn. – Heading into Thanksgiving this week, the King University women's basketball team was giving back to the community at the Niswonger Children's Hospital. The student-athletes and coaches visited with the children and their families, as well as handed out stuffed animals, coloring books and t-shirts.
Over the weekend, King held a toy drive during the men's basketball game on Saturday. The toy drive benefited the U.S. Marines Toys for Tots program and the Niswonger Children's Hospital. On Monday the women's team delivered the toys collected for the hospital to the children.
"We had a great time at Niswonger Children's hospital today," Head Coach Josh Thompson said. "The team was able to visit with many of the patients and their families, and it was really cool to see the smiles on their faces when we gave them a stuffed animal or a t-shirt.
The Tornado split into small groups during the morning at the Niswonger Children's Hospital, visiting children that were able to have visitors.
"We really just wanted to help brighten their day a little bit and let them know that we care about them," Thompson continued. "I think it was a great experience for our players to be out in the community and giving back to kids that have a lot of needs."