Sterling Gibbs & Patrik Auda visit with families at Saint Barnabas Medical Center
Dec. 18, 2013
SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. - The Seton Hall men's basketball team took some time away from both the court and the classroom on Wednesday as all the Pirates traveled to visit the John and Jacqueline McMullen Children's Center - a part of the Saint Barnabas Medical Center facility in Livingston, N.J.
"It is easy to get caught up in daily routines, so days like this help to keep everything in perspective."
Seton Hall Head Coach Kevin Willard
Always one of the highlights on the calendar for team personnel, members of the program spent time speaking with pediatric patients, signed autographs, posed for pictures and handed out gifts in hopes of brightening their days as the holidays approach.
"Getting out into the community has always been important to our basketball program, especially around the holidays," said head coach Kevin Willard. "It is easy to get caught up in daily routines, so days like this help to keep everything in perspective. This was a great opportunity for our team to take a step back from basketball and have an impact on others in our local community. Sharing smiles and laughs with the children and their families at Saint Barnabas Medical Center made today very special for our team."
Though the demands of balancing academics and basketball can prove challenging, the Seton Hall men's basketball program remains committed to providing a positive presence in the community.
The Pirates are active partners of Team Walker, a non-profit organization founded by former Seton Hall great Jerry Walker aimed at benefiting Jersey City youth. In addition, the team is a part of a number of outreach initiatives through the Helping Athletes Learn to be Leaders (H.A.L.L.) Program. Such efforts include trips to local soup kitchens, participation in the "Reading with the Pirates" program and assisting with Seton Hall's partnership with America's Grow a Row Foundation to help the fight against hunger.