Battles on the gridiron are nothing compared to the day-to-day horrors associated with a debilitating disease, a constant fight through peaks and valleys.
For more than a decade, Georgia coach Mark Richt has brought players every summer to Camp Sunshine, a retreat for young cancer patients in Rutledge, Ga., one hour east of Atlanta.
It’s a fulfilling experience for players giving back to the community, but most of all, a brief getaway for the children who are excited to hang out with some of their football heroes.
Standout running back Nick Chubb led a 20-player group on Wednesday who visited with the kids, sharing laughs, signing autographs and even playing dodgeball.
“It’s a great experience,” Chubb told the AJC. “It’s totally different for me to come out here and see these kids, seeing what they’re going through, and to be so strong and have a good time, and not have a care in the world right now. They’re going through one of the worst things ever and are just freely running around, having fun. So it’s really great to see them not really worrying about what they have.”
Some of the highlights from Georgia’s visit to Camp Sunshine this week:
— UGA Football Live (@UGAfootballLive) June 18, 2015
— Nicole Carter (@Nicole_Carter4) June 25, 2015
Enjoyed my time at Camp Sunshine had a blast hanging with the kids. Was definitely one of the highlights of my week pic.twitter.com/F9kkJamQps
— Jordan Jenkins (@jordanOLB) June 25, 2015
— Jake Rowe (@Rowe247) June 24, 2015
— Georgia Video (@UGA_Video) June 24, 2015
Chuks Amaechi and Isaiah McKenzie ham it up at Camp Sunshine. pic.twitter.com/e7jojFCsbF
— Marc Weiszer (@marcweiszer) June 24, 2015