As the excitement over the NFL Draft reached fever pitch this week, several top draft prospects took time to bring their winning attitude to the Child Life Zone at Kravis Children’s Hospital at Mount Sinai Medical Center.
Among those who visited on Thursday were: EZEKIEL ANSAH (Brigham Young); TAVON AUSTIN (West Virginia); JONATHAN COOPER(North Carolina); ERIC FISHER (Central Michigan); SHARRIF FLOYD (Florida); D.J. FLUKER (Alabama); LUKE JOECKEL (Texas A&M); LANE JOHNSON (Oklahoma); DION JORDAN (Oregon); EDDIE LACY (Alabama); E.J. MANUEL (Florida State); DEE MILLINER (Alabama); BARKEVIOUS MINGO (Louisiana State); CORDARRELLE PATTERSON (Tennessee); ERIC REID (Louisiana State); XAVIER RHODES (Florida State); SHELDON RICHARDSON (Missouri); DARIUS SLAY (Mississippi State); GENO SMITH (West Virginia); KENNY VACCARO (Texas); CHANCE WARMACK (Alabama); MENELIK WATSON (Florida State); BJOERN WERNER (Florida State)
This is the eighth year that the Zone has hosted NFL Draft prospects. The athletes engaged in art and play with patients and their families in the Zone huddlenet. They also appeared on a LIVE trivia/interview show on KidZone TV from the Zone studio, and they visited bedsides on the pediatric units, distributing goody bags throughout their visit. D.J. Fluker lent his sunglasses to a young boy, who proceeded to wear them through much of the event. Playing on the Xbox while wearing the sunglasses, the patient playfully battled Fluker and Eddie Lacy in a game of Madden NFL Football.Eric Fisher joined patients and families at the art table, where he used wash basins, beads, and medical materials to build a creative “trophy” sculpture. He skillfully and patiently constructed a trophy that towered high above the table, while simultaneously working with others to create a group “Trophy Speech.”
“The hospital experience is enhanced for patients of all ages as the Zone vibrates with the energy and passion of this talented group of athletes,” said Cheryl Strauss, Zone Clinical Coordinator. “As players, patients, and family members engage in art and games together, smiles and laughter are in abundance and the stress of illness and hospitalization fade into the background. Year after year children and adolescents from our hospital’s outpatient populations ask to return to The Zone for this annual event that yields great optimism and hope.”
"Can't thank the NFL and the 2013 draft prospects enough for taking time out of their busy weekend schedules to visit the Child Life Zone at Kravis Children's Hospital and brighten the kids' day. You are all champions to me!" said Teammates Co-Founder Troy Aikman.