Jon Funston ’10
For The Kids
Mark Babcock ’11
We’ve returned from Argentina and everyone is settling into the soccer routine. Though soccer takes up most of the day, Thursday we were fortunate enough to be able to make a trip to the Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St. Vincent in Indianapolis. Ian’s aunt, or Tia for those of you following the Argentina blogs, was able to set this wonderful experience up for us.
Along with us we brought some goodies for the kids. We had some Wally Wabash stickers, some signed team pictures, little Wabash stuffed animals, and of course a few soft soccer balls. We we able to visit a few patients’ rooms distributing the gifts amongst them all. We ran into a few kids who played soccer in the past as well as other sports.
One boy was a former goalkeeper and defender, so we had that in common. He is also a Cubs fan, but I told I would let that slide. Good thing JP wasn’t with me (Go Sox).
Another young girl requested that she be able to see the two best looking guys from the group. Now, Dylan and myself were the obvious choice for this, but we let some of the younger players step up and brighten up her day.
It was a very rewarding experience. It’s one of the best feelings when you see the large smile on the kids’ faces even with the adversity they are facing. It’s really amazing that through their troubles they can still find it within themselves to smile and laugh. It’s a quality that we should all take note of when we feel that things couldn’t get any worse. We have all seen that it could.
After seeing the slums and poorer areas of Buenos Aires and now after visiting the Children in the hospital, our eyes should be opened to see how truly fortunate most of us are. To be able to play soccer everyday, attend college, and to just be able to have amazing opportunities that not everybody has is something we should not take for granted. This preseason has continued to be one to remember and I’m sure it will continue that way.