Published June 22, 2012 - 10:20am
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As SEC fans, we get all caught up in national championships and playoffs that we sometimes lose sight of reality. These young men who we live and die with on Saturdays are looked up to by virtually everyone in the South, mostly by children.
And we generally hear more bad than good about players, with respect to arrests and other off-the-field issues, than we do the good things.
On Wednesday, the Georgia football team did a good thing that needs to be made known. They visited Camp Sunshine. Camp Sunshine is a retreat that was established in 1983 for young cancer patients.
Around a dozen or so players went to the camp and spent a few hours outdoors with the children playing some basketball, archery and catch with the children.
LB Brandon Burrows had this to say about the time:
“It’s humbling to come here and see kids that fight for their lives everyday,” linebacker Brandon Burrows said. “And while sometimes we don’t think about it – we’re working out, and we’re complaining, ‘How much longer do we have to be in here?’ We really haven’t dealt with anything that they have.”
This visit put it all in perspective for OL Kenarious Gates:
“You just look at these kids, see what they go through, how they’ve come a long way. It’s a miracle, really” Gates said. “I’m glad I came here. It motivated me to work harder. You never know what people are going through.”
Another group of campers will arrive Sunday, and another group of UGA players are set to visit again Wednesday.
You can view photos here.