Patients had the time of their lives on August 7 when eight Houston Texans cheerleaders paid them a visit and hosted their third Jr. Cheer Mini Camp at Texas Children’s Hospital’s Medical Center Campus.
After walking through a cheer tunnel with applause from on-looking employees, the event held on the fourth floor of the Pavilion for Women began with a brief introduction to and meet-and-greet with the cheerleaders followed by a small arts and crafts project.
The patients then were divided into groups with the cheerleaders and asked to come up with their own group cheer. After performing the cheer for everyone in the room, the ecstatic children got an opportunity to get each cheerleader’s autograph, along with their own set of pom-poms and a T-shirt. Excitement filled the room as the patients showed spirit for their hometown NFL team.
“This is the best day of my life!” said one of the patients.
Following the autograph and photo session, the cheerleaders visited patients who were unable to leave their hospital rooms. The cheerleaders brought the patients pom-poms and autographed posters.
“It is really important that we provide a normalized environment for the patients and their families,” said Child Life Department Manager Diane Kaulen, who helped organize the event. “The Texans are an integral part of our Houston culture and we want to be able to celebrate along with them for this upcoming football season.”
Texas Children’s teamed up with the Houston Texans four years ago to inspire children to lead healthier, more active lives through camps, programs and events all year long. We are working alongside the Texans through community engagement and education programs to give Houston-area kids the tools necessary to make healthy choices throughout their lives. This week’s Jr. Cheer Mini Camp is just one of many exciting events we’ll take part in throughout the year.
Click here to view the Texans official Cheerleaders hold camp at Texas Children’s video.