Dallas Cowboys players DeMarcus Ware and Morris Claiborne, both fathers of young children, acknowledged that today’s trip to visit patients at Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth struck a deeper emotional chord in light of last week’s shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.
“Just the tragic things that have happened … with kids and their schools, now you’ve got to hold them a little more tighter. You’ve got to uplift them a little bit more because that’s all we’ve got,” Ware said. “You look at the kids, that’s where the real joy is ... That’s like the most innocent love that you can find. It’s the closest to praising God. To give back and go to (hospitals) and put a smile on kids’ faces just one time, it really means a lot. You never know what they’re going through. Just spreading that touch to them and letting them know that someone out there cares for them, that’s what life’s about.”
Claiborne, a rookie, called it “great” to have an opportunity to join roughly 20 teammates in signing autographs, distributing gifts and paying room visits to children who were patients at the facility.
“You never know what people are going through and the impact that you can make on those kids just from them seeing you,” Claiborne said. “It’s all for the best. It’s great.”
_ Jimmy Burch