Smiles widened and cheers erupted as more than 100 Penn State football players poured off of buses and into Penn State Children's Hospital, where they were greeted by a large group of patients, their families and hospital staff.
Several players visited patient rooms, while others interacted with patients in the hospital's Tree House Café, playing games and doing arts and crafts.
This was the fourth year for the visit, which Coach James Franklin says is his team's opportunity to “engulf the hospital with energy, passion and enthusiasm.”
“Coming to a hospital like this and seeing families and seeing kids that are really fighting true battles – and that hopefully we can be a bright light or a bright moment for them – I think for our guys it does put it into perspective,” Franklin said.
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