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CORAL GABLES, Fla. - The University of Miami men’s basketball team will be visiting patients at Miami Children’s Hospital on Monday, Jan. 20.
"One of the most important things a college student-athlete should learn is the impactful role he or she plays in the community where he or she competes," said Coach Larrañaga. "We have organized a trip for our UM men's basketball players to visit a group of young kids who are in the hospital and battling a medical condition. We want them to interact with these youngsters and hopefully bring a smile to their faces. This will also help our players understand and be grateful for the opportunities and responsibilities they have."
Canes players will be interacting with patients by playing basketball and signing autographs.
Founded in 1950 by Variety Clubs International, Miami Children's Hospital® is South Florida’s only licensed specialty hospital exclusively for children, with more than 650 attending physicians and over 130 pediatric sub-specialists. The 289-bed hospital is renowned for excellence in all aspects of pediatric medicine. In fact, it is the only hospital in Florida to be ranked in all 10 pediatric specialties assessed by U.S. News & World Report in its annual Best Children's Hospitals rankings for three consecutive years, 2011, 2012 and 2013-14.
The hospital is also home to the largest pediatric teaching program in the southeastern United States and has been designated an American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet facility, the nursing profession’s most prestigious institutional honor.
Miami, who faces Georgia Tech in Atlanta this Saturday, returns to Coral Gables next week for matchups against Duke on Jan. 22 and No. 2 Syracuse on Jan. 25.