Bringing joy to special young kids


There were times on Tuesday afternoon when it was hard to tell who was having more fun, the patients at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UMPC, or the Steelers players who were there visiting with them.

Steelers rookies visit the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.

"It's always good to see other people happy," said linebacker Bud Dupree. "That is the number one goal. It's always fun to see people smile. Once you see people smile it makes you happy as well. To see people laugh and make them feel good is great. It's great to see people happy."

The hospital's atrium was turned into a play zone with games, crafts and other fun activities for the players to enjoy with the patients, and that is something they definitely did.

"It's a great opportunity for the guys any time you have a chance to be able to get involved in the community, especially at Children's Hospital," said tight end Jesse James. "Everyone has a good time when they come here to visit. It's awesome to be able to play with them, have some laughs and smiles. It helps them get through their day and it makes our day good too. We enjoy every second."

The fun-filled day was a part of the annual visit from the team's rookie class, an opportunity for them to get out in the Pittsburgh community and learn about the importance of giving back.

"It's a great time to be out here and make the kids smile. I love giving back," said receiver Sammie Coates. "I am enjoying every minute of it. It's always special, it's always good to give back to the community, the people that support you. It means a lot."

From playing hockey, to basketball, checkers and even a little artwork on backpacks, there was something for everyone and the players and kids took park together.

"We're part of a great organization," said cornerback Ross Cockrell, who wanted to join the rookies for the afternoon. "This is a team that is loved by the city and it's great to give back to the cit "It's a great opportunity to be here with the kids of the city and I am enjoying it."

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