|Updated: 1/03/2012 6:44 pm
||Published: 1/03/2012 6:43 pm
DALLAS, TX - Dozens of patients at Children’s Medical Center had their day brightened Tuesday afternoon as Coach Bobby Petrino and the entire Arkansas Razorbacks team paid a visit as part of the activities involved with the 76th Annual AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic.
John Stuart of the Cotton Bowl Council along with President and CEO of CMC, Chris Durovich welcomed the Razorbacks to the Center’s Butterfly Atrium, where the team interacted with patients and family members, signed autographs and colored pictures. After the initial welcome given by Stewart and Durovich, Coach Petrino and Junior quarterback Tyler Wilson “Called The Hogs”, before dividing into groups to visit the children in their rooms.
“It really is a pleasure for our team to be here today,” Petrino said. “When we do this, you make a major impact on us and we get a lot out of it, our players, and our coaches. It’s a special moment for us. One of the things we always try with our players is to work hard and become experts at what we do and become the best in the entire nation. And when we come to a facility like this and see the nurses and doctors and all the medical help that are the best in what they do in the country, it is an inspiration to us.”
Stuart presented Durovich with a gift on behalf of the AT&T Cotton Bowl thanking him for the many years of hosting this event. The Cotton Bowl provided gift bags for the children with a 76th Annual AT&T Cotton Bowl t-shirt and commemorative poster, while the Dr Pepper Snapple Group provided juice and water.
One particular patient who stole the show with the Razorback team was 15-year old Lyndon Baty who is undergoing care at Children’s for a rare immune disease. Baty, who was interviewed on ESPN SportsCenter this summer, found himself surrounded by Razorbacks wanting to know what it was like being on the show.
“It’s awesome having all these guys here and the real cool thing is they are coming up to me saying they saw my ESPN feature,” said Baty. “It’s great to have the players here.”
Baty is a big sports fan and after visiting with the team stated that he has officially become a Razorback fan and will be rooting for them this Friday when they play against the Kansas State Wildcats at Cowboys Stadium for the 76th Classic.
Children's Medical Center is one of the largest pediatric healthcare providers in the nation. It is the only academic healthcare facility in North Texas dedicated exclusively to the comprehensive care of children from birth to age 18.