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Mobile, Ala. (January 29, 2009)
Contact: Bob Lowry, USA Children's and Women's Hospital
                                                                                    (251) 415-1358
 

Senior Bowl Players Visit Patients at USA Children's &
      Women's Hospital

 
Senior Bowl Players Visit a Patient
From left, quarterbacks Nathan Brown of Central Arkansas and John Parker Wilson of Alabama admire the spiral of patient Nicholas Williams' football during the Senior Bowl players' visit to USA Children's & Women's Hospital.
 
MOBILE – Hours before they took the field at Ladd-Peebles Stadium to try and impress pro football scouts, players from the Under Armour Senior Bowl made a big impression when they visited with young patients at the University of South Alabama Children’s & Women’s Hospital.
 
The annual hospital visit is a favorite event for the players and their young fans, most of who are unable to attend the game.  Players went room-to-room visiting patients, and also visited patients in the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit, USS Hope cancer and sickle cell treatment center, and therapy services.
    

“The Senior Bowl organization has been a generous supporter of our hospital for many years,” said Dr. Becky DeVillier, USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital administrator.  “The generosity of the players in giving up their time to visit our patients is a real bonus and something we look forward to each year.”

    
Senior Bowl Players Visit a Patient
From left, Derrick Williams of Penn State, Brian Robiskie of Ohio State and Jeremiah Johnson of Oregon cheer up patient Sarah Pickett.
 
The Senior Bowl organization has gifted more than $536,000 to the hospital.  In addition to the annual players’ visits, Senior Bowl support has been used to purchase Starlight Starbright World, a private, interactive computer network that allows the hospital’s children to interact with children hospitalized at other leading pediatric care centers across the United States.
    

Senior Bowl funds have also purchased computers for children receiving treatment in the USS Hope, along with special golf carts that transport patients and families throughout the USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital campus, and extensive renovations to the hospital’s lobby.

    
For more information on USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital, visit www.southalabama.edu/usacwh.  For more information on the Senior Bowl, visit www.seniorbowl.com.
 
    
 
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Date last changed: January 29, 2009 4:54 PM
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