CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 Sports) -- Members of the Tom Sox visited the UVA Children’s Hospital, trying to spread some positivity and learn valuable life lessons for themselves.
Jacob, a patient at the hospital, is just one day out of leg surgery. Today, his spirits were high when a trio from the Tom Sox paid him and other children a visit.
“For him this 15, 20 ,30 minutes is gonna make a big difference. He's not gonna be worrying about his legs hurting, he hasn't complained once,” Daniel Robinson, Jacob’s dad, said.
Many of the Tom Sox players regularly volunteer at hospitals with their college programs.
For Anthonio Balducci, a pitcher for the Tom Sox, the visit gave him a lasting feeling.
“Not to be cliche but I guess [I feel] a little warm inside,” Balducci said. “I feel like I made a difference”
As athletes and patients, they all deal with different challenges every day, and they can find common ground between one another and get a better understanding of what the other is going through.
“We're all faced with different challenges,” third base coach Branden Cogswell said. “For us we're fortunate it's on the field and we can play this game everyday. And these children are here battling for their lives.”
“As college athletes we go through a tough day and we think it’s the hardest thing in our lives when we're just lifting and going to practice,” Pitcher Maddison Furman said. “But for these kids, they're going through a lot early in their lives and it’s really humbling to spend the day with them.”
Ahead of their game tonight, the Tom Sox were able to take a step back and focus on something bigger than sports.
“You play all summer here and you’re focused on trying to get better and stronger and be a better baseball player,” Furman said. “But just being able to come here and this opportunity makes you like a better person.”