ETSU women's hoops brighten day for kids at Children's Hospital
ETSU players laughed, talked and sang to patients during the visit. And sometimes they just stood by to offer comfort.
ETSU players laughed, talked and sang to patients during the visit. And sometimes they just stood by to offer comfort.

Friday, October 07, 2005


JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (October 5, 2005) - Recently, the ETSU women's basketball team spent some time at Johnson City Medical Center's Children's Hospital visiting patients.


"Community service is always fun," said freshman Farren Stackhouse (St. Mary's, Ga.). "It really takes stress away from basketball and brings you back down to earth. You get to see how fortunate we really are."  


The ladies visited several patients ranging in age from 5 months to 18 years. They each took turn holding or talking to the parents and children, and at the end of each visit they presented the child with a small toy.


"We try to visit the hospital about once a month," said assistant coach Kim Dowell. "It's a really great way for us to get out into the community."


The team spent 10 minutes in each room, just talking to the children and joking with them, asking questions and talking to some about basketball. In the room of one patient, Debbie, her father asked the team to sing "Happy Birthday" to his daughter. The ladies were happy to oblige.


"It makes you feel so good," said senior guard B.J. Banjo (Baltimore, M.D.).  "It's a good chance to let people know about us and Lady Bucs basketball. It just really feels good."


            The ETSU Department of Intercollegiate Athletics takes pride in its community service activities and strives for 100 percent participation from its student-athletes, coaches and administrators throughout the year.

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