Posted by: allisonbarnes | November 23, 2010

Men’s Lax Bring Smiles with Ice Cream

Logan Corey sends out an email to the Men’s Lacrosse listserv: “Kids cart tomorrow, text me if you want in.” Ten minutes later and he already has seven teammates signed up.

The Carolina Kids Cart is a daily event where the Nutrition and Food Services at the N.C. Children’s Hospital pass out coloring books, ice cream and other treats to kids who are being treated at the hospital.  The idea was created in the spring of 2008 and has been led this year by the Men’s Lacrosse team.  Players pass out treats to patients every week, a routine that the team has only missed twice since the beginning of the year.

For Corey, helping out at the Children’s Hospital is extremely important. When he was 4 years old, his older brother had spent a year in and out of the N.C. Children’s Hospital.  Even though Corey doesn’t remember the experience, his family still remembers the support and visits from UNC student-athletes. A signed 1994 swim cap and an autograph from Eric Montross are still present in his house today.

“My family doesn’t talk about how much it sucked [having a child in the hospital] but talks about how great it was for the student-athletes who visited, “said Corey.

A group of 6-8 Men's Lacrosse players pass out treats to children in the N.C. Children's Hospital

Corey also uses the time he spends with patients to recruit families for Carolina Dreams, a program that brings children treated at the Children’s Hospital to campus to spend an afternoon with student-athletes while attending an athletic event.

Carolina News 14 covered the team’s involvement with the Carolina Kid’s Cart and shot them in action. To see the video, click HERE.

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