For the 9th consecutive year, the Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department and hospital leadership welcomed a large group of NFL draft prospects to The Zone at Mount Sinai Kravis Children’s Hospital! Inside The Zone, the energy was high as some of the players interacted with patients and family members in art and play including pool, air hockey, video games, and more. Other players starred on a live KidZone TV show featuring football trivia questions, with call-ins from patients from their rooms and inside the studio. Outside of the Zone, groups of players brought cheer and NFL goody bags to patient bedsides throughout pediatrics and on the hospital’s rehabilitation unit.
The 1st overall draft pick, Jadeveon Clowney brought his skill and knowledge to a competitive game of Madden Football on Xbox. He gave a master class in running a strong defensive campaign as his virtual team, the San Francisco 49’ers, took on the NY Jets, who were led by a determined teenage patient. Sportsmanship abounded during this spirited game as Jadeveon showed admiration for the tough perseverance of his opponent.
Patients and players also tapped into their creative side as they worked diligently to create “Team Zone” jerseys. Together, they exchanged design ideas to make these one-of-a-kind jerseys decked out with jewels, feathers, and other assorted bling. Draft prospect Jordan Matthews and one teenage girl created a Spiderman motif that was wonderfully intricate--designed to empower the wearer and leave any opponent completely spellbound. These "Team Zone" jerseys now hang proudly in the Zone.
Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department Director Diane Rode said, “Our patients and families experienced all of the fun, excitement and real connection and community with our NFL Draftees today! We were sure to pass along a big hello from Troy and Garth to all during the event. Thank you, Teammates, for all that you do for our patients and families. We are Teammates!”