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Thursday, January 5th, 2012

KANSAS STATE VISITS TEXAS SCOTTISH RITE HOSPITAL

Photo By: Photo by Melissa Macatee/CBAA
DALLAS - Kansas State head coach Bill Snyder, along with the entire Wildcat football team, visited the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children Thursday morning as part of the activities surrounding the 76th AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic.

Kristi Sherrill Hoyle of the Cotton Bowl Board of Directors and Scottish Rite Executive Vice President Bob Walker introduced and welcomed the eighth-ranked Wildcats to the hospital’s atrium, where the team interacted with patients and their family members.

One patient in particular gave the Wildcats more incentive to win on Friday. Nick Tippett, a 15-year-old from Mansfield, Texas, presented Coach Snyder with a framed drawing of a Wildcat chasing a Razorback off a football field. Nick personally gave his artwork to Snyder and met with the team captains. Nick said he looks forward to watching Kansas State in action on Friday and hopes his artwork is an indication of the outcome – a Wildcats win.

“Once in a while it is nice to see a team that is not from Texas,” he said. “It was fun to meet Coach Snyder and the captains.”

The drawing brought lots of smiles from the Kansas State players as well.

“I liked it. I thought it was awesome,” freshman OL B.J. Finney said. “We will obviously give it our best shot on Friday, but for him to be able to accomplish a drawing like that is unreal. I know it will be hung up in the complex back home and be a sense of pride for us all.”

Besides meeting patients, players signed autographs, posed for pictures, gave out Kansas State mini footballs and presented team posters. Snyder, along with the team’s captains toured the hospital’s upstairs, met with patients individually in their rooms. The Scottish Rite visit was rewarding to many of the Kansas State players, who found the outing to be a nice break from the football-related activities surrounding the game.

“We enjoy it,” sophomore LB Tre Walker said. “It is what we like to call a ‘mind release’ where we just get to come be ourselves and get away, just sit down with someone you don’t know and have a good conversation.

“You realize how far you have come and you have had a lot of help along the way, but the patients are still trying to push and make it in their condition. That is inspirational to us. I think the biggest thing is we came here because we wanted to be here. We realize it is people like this who help us make it along the way with their support.”

Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children is a world leader in the treatment of pediatric orthopedic conditions. The hospital strives to improve the care of children worldwide through innovative research and teaching programs, training physicians from around the world.
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