SHREVEPORT, La. — South Carolina’s bowl trips are filled with bowling events, theme park trips and more.
A mainstay on the Gamecocks’ bowl itineraries is a trip to a local children’s hospital. Those visits are among the bowl week highlights, senior offensive lineman A.J. Cann said.
“You get a chance to come to the hospital and visit kids that look up to any athlete. It makes their day,” Cann said. “It always ranks as one of my favorites at every bowl of every event we do.”
More than 70 players, coaches and USC stuff crammed the halls and the rooms at University Health System’s pediatric floor on Christmas Eve to spread good will and hand out team posters and other goodies to patients.
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Devin Washington, Cody Waldrop, Bryson Allen-Williams, D.J. Smith, Pharoh Cooper and Jordan Diaz spent extra time in a room with a pair of 13-year-old boys who play football.
Kade Mangham, 13, of Coushatta, La., was recovering from injuries sustained in a school bus wreck. He plays offensive line.
“You’ve got to be tough to play offensive line,” coach Shawn Elliott told Mangham.
Coaches and players get as much out of the visit as the children do, coach Steve Spurrier said.
“We believe it’s important that we can spread a little good will to these youngsters and maybe bring some joy to them,” Spurrier said.