Annual football game to benefit WVU Children’s Hospital

Gold-Blue Game Friday, April 30

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia University will hold its annual Gold-Blue spring football scrimmage Friday, April 30, at Milan Puskar Stadium. Net proceeds from the event will benefit the Child Life Program at WVU Children’s Hospital.

More than 25 years ago, when then WVU Football Coach Don Nehlen brought his players to visit with patients at WVU Children’s Hospital, he decided to find a way for his team to support the hospital. To date, the net proceeds from the Gold-Blue Game have raised more than $575,000 for WVU Children’s Hospital.

“We appreciate the outstanding support we’ve received from the WVU Football team throughout the years,” Cheryl Jones, R.N., director of WVU Children’s Hospital, said. “The Child Life Program is a vital part of the care children receive during their stay here. The funds we receive from the Gold-Blue Game help keep the program going strong.”

The Child Life Program is a key part of the care children receive, making hospitalization a little easier for patients and their families by providing support, education, recreation and assistance.

One of the main components of the Child Life Program is play, an important part of children’s lives. During times of stress, play can provide something safe and familiar – an opportunity for children to express fear, anxiety and misunderstandings about their hospitalization.

To encourage playtime for pediatric patients, WVU Children’s Hospital has an activity center equipped with toys, video games, an air hockey table and other child-friendly items.

Danielle Bartlett, the 2010 Children’s Miracle Network Champion Child representing West Virginia, is scheduled to do the coin toss.

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased in advance at the Mountaineer Ticket Office inside the Coliseum or at the gate on game day. WVU students will be admitted free with a valid student ID. Stadium parking will be open with the exception of the lot directly in front of WVU Hospitals.

For information on WVU Children’s Hospital see www.wvukids.com.



For more information:
Amy Johns, HSC News Service, 304-293-7087
asj: 04-13-10

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