The University of Arizona women's basketball team gets plenty of support from fans in and around Tucson for its games. During their off time prior to the start of Spring semester, the Cats found time to give back to the community.
Head coach Niya Butts and the Wildcats spent time on Monday and Tuesday afternoon visiting children at University Medical Center just across the street for the UA campus. The team came in two groups, spending time visitng a number of children in their rooms as well as getting to spend time playing and coloring with others in a designated fun room.
The children who were visited at the hospital ranged from one month up to 13 years of age. The team brought posters for some of the older children to put up in their rooms both at the hospital and when they return home with their families. The group also brought blank pages with Wilbur the Wildcat for children to color.
The visits, organized by sophomore guard Brooke Jackson, was part of "Cats Give Back Week", where a number of Arizona student-athletes visited local groups such as the Ronald McDonald house, Gospel Rescue Mission and Primavera.
The Wildcats will be back in action at McKale Center on Thursday, January 14 to take on Oregon State at 7:00 p.m.
Playing basketball at UMC
The Wildcats presenting a gift to a fan
Coloring time in the fun room