DALLAS, Texas—Dallas Cowboys rookie players made their second community appearance of the off-season Wednesday visiting young patients of Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Dallas.
At the hospital's Jas F. Chambers, Jr. Youth Fitness Park, players joined volunteers from UnitedHealthcare in brightening the days of more than 100 kids seeking treatment at the facility. They participated in arts and crafts activities, played ball and had their faces painted.
A few patients unable to join the fun outdoors received special room visits from the players as well as Cowboys mascot Rowdy and UnitedHealthcare's Dr. Health E. Hound.
During Wednesday's outdoor activities, youth also became acquainted with the Cowboys' and NFL's Play 60 philosophy of eating nutritiously and playing 60 minutes per day, as part of the league's effort to expand the Play 60 campaign into non-traditional settings like children's hospitals.
All patients participating in Wednesday's event received a special goodie bag courtesy of the UnitedHealthcare Children's Foundation, a foundation that provides medical grants to families in need of financial assistance to help pay for their child's health care treatments, services or equipment.
The 2013 Dallas Cowboys Rookie Club—an annual outreach initiative designed to introduce the team's newest players to the importance of giving back to the North Texas community—is presented by Cowboys community partner UnitedHealthcare. The Rookie Club has already visited a local elementary school for a Play 60 FITNESSGRAM clinic and is scheduled to volunteer at the North Texas Food Bank in June.