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Shriners Hospitals for Children® Cheer On East-West Shrine Game® Teams

All Services Provided Regardless of the Patients’ Ability to Pay Top college football players from across the country kicked off their week of festivities by visiting patients at Shriners Hospitals for Children® - Tampa on Sunday, January 15, 2012. The East-West Shrine Game Player Visit was the first event of the week leading up to the 87th East-West Shrine Game on Saturday, January 21, 2012 in St. Petersburg, Fla. This event allowed the players and coaches of the game to experience first-hand what the EastWest Shrine Game is all about: helping the patients of Shriners Hospitals for Children®. The players and coaches arrived at the hospital on buses that were escorted by the Florida Associate of Shrine Motor Corps and Widows Sons motorcycle groups. When they entered the hospital, the Board of Governors for the Shriners Hospitals for Children® - Tampa led the players through the Fishbowl while, patients, staff and volunteers cheered for them. Members of the Armwood High School Marching Band and Buccaneers cheerleaders also encouraged the players, creating a lively pep rally like atmosphere. Patient Ambassador Ben Carpenter also spoke to provide inspiration to the players and further illustrate the purpose of the game along with the coaches and members of our Shrine leadership. Players and coaches had the opportunity to interact with patients. They participated in a number of different activities including basketball, dancing, face painting, corn toss, golf and arts and crafts. Patients also were able to pose with players for pictures and receive autographs on donated footballs. The East-West Shrine Game Player Visit was a significant event for all that had the opportunity to attend. From the players to the patients to the volunteers, each individual played a part in ensuring the success of the event and its purpose of illustrating the meaning that the East-West Shrine Game is more than just a game.

Conditions Treated at the Tampa Hospital • Fracture care • Clubfoot & other foot deformities • Hip disorders • Limb deficiencies, deformities & length discrepancies • Hand & other upper-extremity problems • Spina bifida

• Scoliosis & other spinal deformities • Orthopaedic problems related to cerebral palsy & other neuromuscular conditions • Osteogensis imperfecta & other metabolic bone diseases

If you know of a child we can help, please call: Patient referral line (813) 866-7740

March 2012  

Sahib Reporter

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