PHILADELPHIA – Nine members of the University of Pennsylvania baseball team visited the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) this fall, spending time interacting with patients, playing games, and handing out a number of high fives and smiles.
Senior left-handed pitcher Ronnie Glenn explains why the group went to the hospital saying, “We went for many reasons. The main one was that doing something so simple and small, just taking a little time out of our day could make such a difference in that child's day, week, or month. Something so easy, just visiting and talking with them for a short time can have a lasting impact.”
Penn baseball players went to CHOP last year as well, before taking part in the Vs. Cancer Foundation initiative, and cutting their hair to raise money. The Quakers raised nearly $10,000 as a result a year ago.
Working with the Vs. Cancer Foundation again this year to help raise proceeds, Glenn said, “We brought a whole new group from last year. It helps show guys how important this fundraiser is to our team, and we see where the money is going, and the actual children we could be helping.”
The baseball team will cut their hair again this spring and more information about Penn baseball’s initiative with the Vs. Cancer Foundation will be available in the upcoming months.