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Holidays Hogs Spread Cheer at Children's Hospital

Friday was a break from basketball, letting the Hog hoopsters play with patients.
Some people feel down that they are here, and they can't really go out and see the world, and this kind of makes us happy.
LITTLE ROCK, AR -- It's become an annual tradition around the holidays - the Arkansas Razorbacks basketball team playing a game in central Arkansas.

But there's more to their visit than just a win or a lose. There's also a chance to give back.

Friday was a break from basketball, letting the Hog hoopsters play with patients.

"It's just a blessing to be here and interact with them,"  head coach Mike Anderson said.

Every year, the team comes to Little Rock to play a game, but the team also annually stops by Children's Hospital.

"As we get into the holiday spirit, it's all about giving," Anderson said. "For our guys to come and spend time, I think that's precious moments for these guys."

And there is nothing normal about this tradition. Each year these moments create memories.

"It brings joy that people like them are coming here to hang out with us," said Alisha Scott, an ACH patient.

But Razorback Rickey Scott says it's kids like Alisha who are the true inspiration.

"This is a very inspiring moment, they might look up to us, but we look up to them as well," he said.

These colleigiete athletes posed for pictures, colored in books or simply took time laughing with children who need it the most.

"Some people feel down that they are here, and they can't really go out and see the world, and this kind of makes us happy," Alisha said.

It's a hault in Hog hoops that might be just be a slam dunk.

"You can't put a price on it, it's priceless," Anderson said.

Creating smiles that might be the biggest win of the season.

"I would do this any day if I could," Rickey Scott said.

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