AU Players Visit Children At Tampa General

Players from Auburn and Wisconsin visited the children's wing at Tampa General Hospital on Saturday.

Tampa, Fla.--Auburn and Wisconsin took a break from bowl prep on Saturday afternoon to visit the children's wing at Tampa General Hospital. Auburn offensive players Nick Marshall, Reese Dismukes, Sammie Coates and Cameron Artis-Payne along with defensive players Gabe Wright, Jonathon Mincy, Jonathon Jones and Kris Frost joined forces with a group of Wisconsin playears to bring smiles to the faces of children who are going through extensive hospital stays.

Spending time with children is something that is near and dear to the heart of Coates after he developed a strong bond with young leukemia patient McKenzie Ray. Supporting her and her family throughout the grind of treatment over the last few years, Coates said getting the opportunity to brighten someone's day is something he never takes for granted.

"it means a lot, reminds me of visiting my little sister," Coates said. "I know how down these kids can get and their families. It means a lot to brighten people's day especially at Christmas time. It's really big."

Frost agreed with Coates, saying the experience is an important one for the players as well as the patients and their families.

"It's really cool," Frost pointed out. "Getting to see the kids and their parents, we love it every time we get to meet people and hopefully they are glad to meet us. I'm so glad I came over today."

Players pose for a photo with the nurses at the children's wing

Nick Marshall signs a hat while Gabe Wright challenges someone to a game of basketball

Cameron Artis-Payne gets suited up

Reese Dismukes

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