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Photos: Football players kick off fun for Children’s of Mississippi patients

Published on Monday, July 29, 2019

Mississippi State University and University of Southern Mississippi athletes brought their game plan of cheering on patients to Children’s of Mississippi this month. Bulldogs and Golden Eagles took a break from preparing for their upcoming seasons to play board games, blow bubbles and draw sidewalk chalk murals with patients at Batson Children’s Hospital’s Rainbow Garden and in the Winfred L. Wiser Hospital for Women and Infants cafeteria.

Mississippi State mascot Bully adjusts the cap of patient Lane Smith of Waynesboro.
Mississippi State's mascot Bully adjusts Lane Smith's cap. Smith is a Children's of Mississippi patient from Waynesboro.
University of Southern Mississippi mascot Seymour and football players, from left, wide receiver Barrett Barham, wide receiver De'Michael Harris and quarterback Chandler Rogers smile with patient Imidrian York of Heidelberg.
Southern Mississippi's mascot Seymour and USM football players, from left, Barrett Barham, De'Michael Harris and Chandler Rogers smile with Imidrian York. York is a Children's of Mississippi patient from Heidelberg.
Patient Johannon Payne of Pontotoc smiles while drawing pictures with the Mississippi State football team.
Johannon Payne of Pontotoc, a Children's of Mississippi patient, smiles while drawing pictures with Mississippi State football players.
Southern Miss defensive back Rachuan Mitchell presents patient Quintarius Johnson of Bassfield with a signed Golden Eagles football poster.
Rachuan Mitchell, Southern Mississippi defensive back, presents an autographed Golden Eagles poster to Quintarius Johnson of Bassfield.
Batson Children's Hospital patient Kolton Gladney, 9, of Clinton, spends time with MSU cheerleader Elaina McCaffrey.
Kolton Gladney of Clinton spends time with Elaina McCaffrey, MSU cheerleader.
Racheem Boother, left, a Southern Miss linebacker, hands a football to Les Grantham of Quitman, a Children's of Mississippi patient, while his mother, Heather, looks on and JonTe Demby, a USM defensive back, blows bubbles.
Mississippi State linebacker Leo Lewis watches as patient Lane Smith of Waynesboro colors during an afternoon play session at the state's only children's hospital.
Leo Lewis, a Mississippi State linebacker, watches as Lane Smith of Waynesboro colors.
Southern Miss defensive lineman Andrew Cole delivers a Golden Eagles poster to Batson Children's Hospital patient Will Currie.
Andrew Cole, a Southern Miss defensive lineman, delivers a Golden Eagles poster to Will Currie.
Mississippi State quarterback Keytaon Thompson speaks with Nicole Gladney of Clinton, whose son Kolten Gladney, 9, is a patient at Batson Children's Hospital.
Keytaon Thompson, a Mississippi State quarterback, speaks with Nicole Gladney of Clinton, whose son, Kolten Gladney, is a Children's of Mississippi patient.
Southern Miss volleyball player Madison Lawler draws a sidewalk chalk mural with patient Zylee Oliver of Fayette.
Madison Lawler, a Southern Miss volleyball player, draws a sidewalk chalk mural with Zylee Oliver of Fayette.