The day before The University of Texas (UT) football team prepared for an away game in Iowa, three members of the team―Travis West, Turner Symonds and Cade Brewer—visited St. David’s Children’s Hospital to lift the spirts of some of its youngest patients.

Justin Torres, a young patient at St. David’s Children’s Hospital, greeted the football players with a big smile. Both he and his family expressed gratitude for the exciting visit.

Cyronn Miller, a 15-year-old patient and local high school football player, enjoyed discussing football strategy and talking to the collegiate athletes about his high school football season.

The hospital always welcomes visits from local heroes, as visits like these can boost patients’ morale, according to Bess Searles, St. David’s Children’s Hospital director.

“St. David’s Children’s Hospital is thankful for the UT football players who took time out of their season to bring joy to our patients,” she said. “Our goal is to provide the best possible care to our young patients, and that includes special visitors who bring a smile to their faces. Just one surprise visit can change a patient’s mood and positively impact their health and recovery.”

The football players also presented each patient with a signed UT football, as well as a signed UT poster.