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JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (March 6, 2015) - ETSU Football players and coaches took part in a special grand opening ceremony Thursday, March 5 at the Niswonger Children's Hospital in Johnson City, helping to unveil the state-of-the-art Timmy's Playroom, courtesy of the Tim Tebow Foundation, to a packed house of patients and media members.
The football-themed, grand opening event allowed patients a chance to experience a gameday simulation complete with personalized media credentials, an introduction to the "field" or playroom, and press conference.
To kick off the event, 15 ETSU football players, along with Milligan College cheerleaders, formed a high-five tunnel which patients went through to enter the playroom for the first time. Once inside the new playroom, the children were greeted by rousing applause.
"Coming through the tunnel one at a time made the kids' days," ETSU Director of Football Operations Lee Morrow said. "It doesn't get any better than that."
Representing ETSU at the event in addition to the players were Morrow, Head Coach Carl Torbush, and Defensive/Recruiting Coordinator Billy Taylor.
"A terrific event like this would be worth doing if it were just us and the kids," Morrow said. "It is that worthwhile."
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