Pacers Visit St. Jude Children's Hospital in Memphis


Roy Hibbert Frank Vogel St. Jude(Frank Vogel and Roy Hibbert spend some time with Tiffinee, a patient at St. Jude. All images courtesy of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.)

For the millionaires in the NBA, an extended road trip is one of the worst things that can happen. Not only are teams less likely to win away from home, but they also have their “normal” lives disrupted and are unable to see their loved ones for days on end.

But some road trips help put everything in perspective, and the Pacers’ visit to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital during their stay in Memphis hopefully was as valuable to the players as it was to the patients that the athlete’s went to see.

In addition to members of the Pacers’ staff, George Hill, Roy Hibbert, Lance Stephenson, DJ Augustin, Orlando Johnson, Jeff Pendergraph and Miles Plumlee stopped by the hospital to make the kid’s days a little brighter and help raise awareness for the hospital in support of the Hoops for St. Jude program.

“At St. Jude we try to make life for our patients as normal as possible,” said Marcus Watson, a representative from St. Jude, “and when the players come to the hospital, it serves as a chance for our patients who might not get to leave the hospital due to their treatment a chance to experience moments that other children should get.”

He added that the children really enjoyed hanging out with the players, “especially Roy.”

To make a donation that will support the kids, you can visit the St. Jude website.

Orlando Johnson with St. Jude patient CourtneyPacers’ rookie Orlando Johnson chumming it up with Courtney, a patient at St. Jude.

Pacers Players in front of St. JudePacers players and coaches in front of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Nice pants, Lance.

 

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