Football Team Members Visit USC Women's And Children's Hospital

Sept. 4, 2008

The Trojans bring the pain on Saturdays, but they brought joy to ill children on Thursday (Sept. 4).

A dozen Trojan players and coaches visited the USC Women's and Children's Hospital on Thursday morning, spending an hour with ailing children and bringing hope to a downcast situation.

USC coach Pete Carroll, secondary coach Rocky Seto and linebackers coach Ken Norton Jr. joined three team captains and six other players for the team's annual visit to the hospital on USC's Health Science Campus. The nine players included quarterback Mark Sanchez, wideouts Patrick Turner and Drew Ness, offensive linemen Jeff Byers and Matt Meyer, kicker David Buehler, linebacker Rey Maualuga and defensive backs Cary Harris and Kevin Ellison.

Joining the Trojan football players were members of the USC Song Girls and the Spirit of Troy Marching Band.

The USC contingent visited dozens of patients, going room to room, signing autographs and posing for pictures. The players also gave out stuffed animals and toys, and Maualuga, a smile-producing machine, walked around with an Elmo puppet stuffed into the chest of his jersey.

'We walk in with our jerseys on and then you see the kids smile -- it means a lot to me,' said Ellison, one of three team captains to go on the visit. 'I can't imagine being in the hospital like this as a kid, so it feels good to come here and give back.'

To see more images of the visit, click here.

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