HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Several athletes from the football and soccer teams of Conference USA schools visited children at the Hoops Family Children’s Hospital at Cabell Huntington Hospital.
Student-athletes from the Marshall men’s soccer and football teams as well as players from the FIU, Charlotte and Old Dominion soccer teams visited with patients and their families at the Children’s Hospital Friday morning.
They brought smiles as well as gifts, including posters, t-shirts, soccer balls and tickets to the weekends sporting events. The student-athletes signed autographs and took pictures with the children, families and hospital staff in the cancer treatment centers and other sections throughout the Hoops Family Children’s Hospital.
Old Dominion senior, Jesse Miralrio, represented the Monarchs on the visit and shared his thoughts with ODUSports.com.
“I thought it was a really moving experience to be able to go out and bring smiles to these kids who are facing tough challenges very early in their life,” said Miralrio. “Many of them aren't allowed to leave, so when they heard they had company their faces lit up and were great to talk to. It really makes you realize how blessed you are and that there are others who aren't as lucky. Many of us get so caught up in our sports that we forget how much of a difference we can make in other people's lives. I had a lot of fun doing it and think we should continue to keep giving back.”
Miralrio and the Monarchs continue their quest towards a second Conference USA Championship title this weekend. Day two of the 2016 Conference USA Men’s Soccer Tournament begins today, Nov. 11, at 4:30 p.m. as No. 1 seed #5 Charlotte faces 5th seeded New Mexico. Old Dominion and FIU follow, kicking off around 7 p.m., in a match between the No.7 and No. 3 seeds, respectively.