NFL Prospects Prepare for the Draft By Making Kids Smile

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NFL Prospects Prepare for the Draft By Making Kids Smile

First step: Senior Bowl. Second step: AFH Empowerment Workshop. Third step: Hospital Heroes visits the week of the Draft. Fourth step: Making kids smile.

While the players we met at the 2022 Senior Bowl are getting ready for the next stage of their careers, some of them took time out of their busy schedules to bring smiles to the faces of kids who need it most.

These visits featured:
๐Ÿˆ Perrion Winfrey of Oklahoma
๐Ÿˆ Cameron Thomas of SDSU
๐Ÿˆ Leon O’Neal of Texas A&M
๐Ÿˆ Braxton Jones of Southern Utah
๐Ÿˆ Matt Waletzko of North Dakota
๐Ÿˆ Sterling Weatherford ofย Miami University
๐Ÿˆ Jordan Silver ofย Arkansas
๐Ÿˆ Dameon Pierce of Florida
๐Ÿˆ Tycen Anderson of Toledo
๐Ÿˆ Chris Paul of Tulsa

“The visit was so much fun! Hands down the highlight of my week!”

Chris Paul, Tulsa Football

Itโ€™s always an honor to work with athletes at any point in their athletic journey, but itโ€™s extra special to witness the next generation โ€“ days before one of the biggest moments in their lives โ€“ make an impact in such a meaningful way.

Unsurprisingly, the feedback we received from our hospital partners was nothing short of amazing.

“I just wanted to send you a quick thank you for helping recruit our amazing guests today. Matt, Jordan, and Sterling were so fun and really great sports. We were all truly impressed with their acting, drawing, and sculpting skills! Please let them know how appreciative we are that they took the time to play a game with us and answer some questions [about playing football].”

Leslie Scott, Child Life Specialist at Children’s Wisconsin

Another thank you to the Senior Bowl for making AFH a part of their offerings to players in February. We like to think it goes a long way!