Tiger Soccer Visits Le Bonheur Children's Hospital
March 4, 2011
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The University of Memphis’ men’s soccer team took time out of the spring training schedule to visit the children at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, Thursday, visiting with patients and dispensing autographs and soccer balls.
“It was very inspiring,” said Memphis sophomore Andreas Guentner. “I was impressed with how much strength the kids have, and I really think they enjoyed having us there.”
The Tigers were visiting the Memphis hospital in preparation for their annual “Kicks for a Cause” match with Irish club team Colaiste Ide, which will take place March 24 at the Mike Rose Soccer Complex. Ticket proceeds, which will be two dollars per person, will go to Le Bonheur.
Located in the heart of the Memphis Medical District, Le Bonheur Children's Hospital is the premiere hospital for children serving more than 130,000 patients each year. Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital is a leader in pediatric clinical care and research, and is a premier teaching hospital for future pediatricians, pediatric surgical specialists and clinicians.
“It was great to be able to go and talk to the kids,” said head coach Richie Grant. “Sharing stories, laughing, it’s a good thing for our players and coaches as well as the kids at the hospital. We tried to get the kids singing some Justin Bieber songs, but it didn’t take. It was a good experience.”