What's the Super Bowl without a super party? That's what Garth Brooks, Chad Greenway and Kyle Rudolph from the Minnesota Vikings were thinking when they made a special visit to the New York Child Life Zone this past weekend.
The fun began with the guys doing arts and crafts with some of the patients in the Zone. Eventually, some of the patients couldn’t resist and challenged Garth to a game of air hockey. After one patient scored a goal on Garth, he couldn’t help but ask if Garth was “taking it easy on him!” Once the arts and crafts came to an end, it was time to move into the KidZone TV broadcast studio to answer questions from patients who were not able to leave their rooms to come to the Zone for the visit.
“I can't say enough on how well Chad and Kyle represented themselves, the league, and Teammates,” said Brooks, Co-Founder of Teammates. “Hats off to Diane Rode and Cheryl Strauss for making our visit perfect. Again, it was one of those moments when you stop for a second to recognize and be thankful for getting to be part of something so special. 'Teammates' was the perfect name for this organization because together, we are something amazing. I am very proud."
Chad Greenway, whose wife Jennifer joined him for the festivities, said, "We had a great time visiting Mount Sinai Kravis Children’s Hospital with Teammates. Everything is always about the kids and that is the way it should be. Garth is an amazing example to all of us who give back in different ways!"
“The warm and friendly manner in which Garth, Chad, and Kyle interacted with patients and families created an environment where everyone felt like a united ‘team,'" said Cheryl Strauss, Zone Coordinator. “The smiles, laughter, and heartwarming sentiments shared among the children and teenagers highlighted the tremendously therapeutic value of The Zone. We are so grateful to be a 'Teammate!'”
The Child Life Zone at Mount Sinai Kravis Children’s Hospital saw over 10,000 patients and families in 2013. The Zone is equipped with a full broadcast studio, along with spaces for video games, arts and crafts, and a quiet space for families to escape. Another highlight of the Zone is the Family Resource Library. This space is designed for families of hospitalized patients, with computers available for staying connected with work, books for siblings to check out, and work stations for completing homework assignments. This warm and inviting space is truly an escape for adults and family members to enjoy.