The Herkimer County Community College Generals visited the St. Mary’s Children’s Cancer Hospital at the Mayo Clinic while in Rochester, Minn., for the NJCAA’s Division III World Series.
While at the hospital, players and coaches visited and played with approximately 50 children, handed out Herkimer T-shirts and autographed game balls, wristbands, batting gloves and other items.
“I have been so proud of this group of young women all season long for their amazing accomplishments in softball and in the classroom and fulfilling the core values of community, excellence, integrity and opportunity that we share with the college,” said P.J. Anadio, coach of the fifth-place national squad. “But to be honest, this is my proudest moment. I get to see their true character, professionalism and class on an everyday basis, so not much surprises me anymore with this group. But today, they went above and beyond. It was the student-athletes’ idea to do this which makes it that much more special to me.”
“I think it’s really important for people to take a step back every now and then and appreciate the things they do have, and today we did just that,” he added. “It was emotional for some and eye-opening for others. The best thing to come out of today for us was the fact that we were able to provide some children the opportunity to feel like just that again, a child. To see the smiles, joy and laughter on the faces and to give them two hours of escape from the struggles they are going through is truly an inspiration to all of us, and it truly was our pleasure to be able to bring that.”
Compiled From Times Staff Reports