BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - One is known for its world-famous patient care, the other is known as one of the top high school football programs in America.
Now, Children’s Of Alabama has a brand new addition to its fleet of little wagons, and it comes from the Hoover Bucs football players.
Hoover kicker Will Reichard and the Bucs special team players (along with many others) wanted to do something special for the kids at Children’s, so they delivered a special wagon that sports the team’s colors, motivational messages and a Bible verse.
Why the interest in the kids at Children’s? Will Reichard’s father Gary died of pancreatic cancer just over two years ago at the age of 53, and since then Will has been vigilant in his quest to help bring awareness to those fighting the fight. It’s a busy time in Will’s life, as the Hoover Bucs are heading toward the playoffs. Will then heads to Tuscaloosa to become a kicker for the Crimson Tide.
How involved is Will? He’s joined the Kick It For Kids Cancer organization, as he accepts donations for Alex’s Lemonade Stand for every field goal he makes this season, which you can learn more about here.
While the new donated Bucs wagon cuts a colorful profile among the fleet of wagons at Children’s, Hoover coach Josh Niblett says that by designing and building the wagon, his players have been reminded of a greater good.
“It allows them an opportunity to realize that there’s something out there for their heart that’s more important than just them- there are bigger causes out there than the cause they live for every day," Niblett said.
The first patient to take a ride in the Bucs wagon? Lynleigh Golden, who after being pulled by a Bucs player, smiled and said, “This is awesome.”
Yes it is, Lynleigh, yes, it is!