Friday, December 27th, 2002


DALLAS Ð The No. 9 Texas Longhorns took some time out their preparation for the 67th SBC Cotton Bowl Classic to visit kids at Children’s Medical Center of Dallas Friday afternoon.

Head Coach Mack Brown along with his entire squad met over 50 children in an auditorium. Each player went around and distributed goodie bags filled with teddy bears as donated by Bank of America, along with posters and t-shirts. The crowd enjoyed a few refreshments donated by Dr Pepper Bottling Company of Texas.

The children sat around play areas as the players gathered around and were welcomed with open arms by the children and staff of Children’s Medical Center. Some players went in groups to the children’s rooms to meet and greet the kids who could not attend the fun down in the auditorium.

“This is the highlight of the week, “ Texas coach Mack Brown said. “We enjoy coming and playing on national television and fighting for a top 5 ranking because this is the last chance for us to be together as a team. To me this visit makes it the biggest highlight of them all. It shows our team all about strength and courage just being around all of these kids.”

Senior quarterback and UT’s Most Valuable Player Chris Simms was delighted to bring a smile to so many children’s faces.

“It makes you feel good about yourself to come out and meet the kids,” Simms said. “It is a great opportunity to come and give back to the community.”

Sophomore running back Cedric Benson also enjoyed spending time with the children and bringing them cheer.

“It’s always good to come out and help these kids,” Benson said. “I have a little brother and I know when he gets sick I feel awful, so it makes me feel good to do this and put a smile on the children’s faces.”