Glenville State Football Pays Visit to WVU Children's Hospital
College Football players are mostly viewed as hard-nosed, tough individuals. But they do have a softer side.
"Coming up here and making a difference in a kid's life," Glenville State junior lineman Hunter McWhorter said. "It makes a big difference and it's cool for us that something as little as signing an autograph, or just playing a game with them. They really enjoy it and it makes a big difference. It's good to see a smile on their face."
"The most important thing is to make a difference every day and just being a part of this team, something that we take pride in is making a difference in everybody's life, especially around the community and local area," Pioneers sophomore linebacker Alex Joseph said.
"It speaks volumes," Glenville State junior linebacker Taylor Coleman said. "It says we're not just college athletes. We're actually people who want to give back and be in the community and take part in changing things for the better."
"It's just awesome to be able to give back. Just making a positive impact in some of these kids lives -- make a memory or a difference," Pioneers junior wide receiver Quintarris Thornton said.
Pioneer coaches credit a very special school bus driver for the idea, an idea that they say will become a routine trip for years to come.
"Well, Coach Hutch approached me about a month ago," Glenville State bus driver Susie Kirkpatrick said.
"This hospital is very dear to her heart, as she went through a tragedy," Glenville State Head Football Coach David Hutchison said.
"I lost by grand daughter. She was up here at the hospital in Morgantown and then they flew her on to Pittsburgh. She passed away and we buried her on December 1st. She had whooping cough," Kirkpatrick added.
"She just asked me if we'd be interested in bringing some guys up here and I thought, what an awesome idea," Hutchison said.
"And I told him that if the boys would like to do an activity, where we could give back to the hospital and we should come up here," Kirkpatrick said.
"And we're hoping that this can turn into something where we come up with a group once a month, or something that will be a great event for the kids and something we can continue to build on," Hutchison said.