GL Football Gives Back: A Day Of Service At Children's Specialized Hospital
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 • 8:21am
BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The entire Governor Livingston High School football team had the opportunity to connect to their community in a meaningful way on Aug. 26.
While the players and coaches are gearing up for their first game on Sept. 12, they carved out a morning to lend some helping hands to The Children’s Specialized Hospital in Mountainside. With brooms, wash rags, and hoses in hand, the players scrubbed transport vehicles and playground equipment, providing a much needed service to the non-profit hospital.
Director of Community Engagement Beth Anne Dobosh explained to the kids that volunteer hours converted into money saved, allowing more funding for the direct needs of the children and families.
Players also toured the facility, getting a glimpse into the lives of children who are coping with life-changing injuries and illnesses. They learned the sobering fact that for many of these children, the chance to enjoy a carefree day at the beach is not possible.
Senior Patrick Mahoney was touched by his experience of Children’s Specialized Hospital. “It felt awesome to give back to the community," Mahoney said. "You take a step back, and realize how fortunate you are.”
Another senior, Ryan Jennings, echoed these thoughts, relating, “It was a great experience to give back, in a small way, to kids who don’t have the chance to play sports.
Children’s Specialized Hospital is the preeminent provider of rehabilitation services for children with special needs. The hospital serves children affected by brain injury, spinal cord injury, premature birth, autism, developmental delays, and life-changing illnesses. Children’s Specialized Hospital has ten sites in New Jersey and treats 20,000 children each year, making it the largest pediatric rehabilitation system of its kind in the nation. Services include outpatient services, acute rehabilitation, and long-term care through its sites in Bayonne, Clifton, Egg Harbor Township, Mountainside, Toms River, Fanwood, Hamilton, New Brunswick and Roselle Park as well as outreach programs in many communities. Children's Specialized Hospital is an affiliate member of the Robert Wood Johnson Health System and a proud member of the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. Children’s Specialized Hospital Foundation supports the programs and services of the hospital. The Foundation is ranked among the top six pediatric hospital foundations in the country. To help, or find more information: visit www.childrens-specialized.org; find us on Facebook - www.facebook.com/childrensspecialized, or follow us on Twitter @ChildrensSpecNJ.