Sept. 22, 2012
TUCSON, Ariz. - Members of the University of Arizona men's basketball team visited with children and their families Friday afternoon at the Diamond Children's Hospital at the University of Arizona Medical Center.
Nine team members - Angelo Chol, Quinton Crawford, Grant Jerrett, Nick Johnson, Matt Korcheck, T.J. McConnell, Kaleb Tarczewski, Max Wiepking and Gabe York - spent two hours with children in both the pediatric intensive care unit and the general pediatric wing.
"It was an awesome experience," said freshman Gabe York. "To be in the position we're in and be able to bring a smile to a kid's face is just amazing. The children here are dealing with so much, and I'm just happy to be able to help out."
This visit is one of a myriad of community service projects UA student-athletes take part in throughout the school year. During the last academic year, Wildcat student-athletes volunteered nearly 4,000 hours in the Tucson community.
The Arizona men's basketball program opens practice on Friday, Oct. 12. The annual McDonald's Red-Blue Game is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 21. Tickets for the intrasquad scrimmage are available through the McKale Center Ticket Office at (520) 621-CATS or on-line at www.arizonawildcats.com.