PENSACOLA, Fla. (WKRG) â€” Some members of the Blue Wahoos baseball team met with kids at West Florida Hospital Wednesday morning. The players visit the children several times each month as a way to give back to the community. The athletes went door to door greeting the kids and handing out signed baseballs. 13-year-old Shanivia Thomas has been battling kidney issues, she says the visits really cheer her up.
â€œThey could have been doing anything else today, but instead they decided to take time out of their day to come visit me.â€ Thomas said.
Mark Contreras is a Blue Wahoos player who says he gets so much out of coming to visit the kids. He says they teach him a lot.
â€œJust being able to talk to the kids, itâ€™s a gift in itself,â€ Contreras said. â€œYou get to see their strength. You know they are going through a lot. They put on a strong face so we can come talk to them.â€