Bulldogs Pay Visit To Children At Smilow Cancer Hospital At Yale-New Haven

The Yale bench (Steve McLaughlin Photography)

Proves To Be A Memorable Experience For Players And Coaches

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale men's basketball team took a break from preparing for the upcoming Ivy League season last Thursday to visit with children at the Smilow Cancer Hospital At Yale-New Haven.

"It was a great experience to go and visit some kids who possess so much courage and have overcome more adversity at a young age than most people have to deal with in a lifetime," said junior Austin Morgan. "It was fun to hang out with them, create some artistic banners and get to know such upbeat and positive children."

The players and coaches spent nearly two hours with the children. Some stayed in the activity room and did arts and crafts. Sam Martin played one-on-one with a four-year-old in a play room. Others went room to room to say hello and small talk with patients.

"The visit really helped put things in perspective," Martin said. "One boy's dad thanked me for spending time with his son because it was the first time he had come out to play in days. He also mentioned that his son had since been glued to SportsCenter hoping to see the Bulldogs. I didn't realize one visit could mean so much, but I'm happy it did."

The visit left a lasting impression on all who attended.

"I think I can speak for all who visited the hospital that we learned from and cherished the time those children afforded to us, not the other way around," Morgan said. "They made our day."

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity

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