OKWU Men’s Soccer team uplifts kids at St. Francis Children’s hospital

Sophomore striker Jack McGowan at St. Francis Children's Hopital
Sophomore striker Jack McGowan at St. Francis Children’s Hopital

TULSA, OK — The Oklahoma Wesleyan University men’s soccer team embraced a special moment on Tuesday night as it took time out to visit St. Francis Children’s Hospital in Tulsa, Okla.

The Eagles, ranked No. 9 in the latest release of the NAIA Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, made the visit to see several children who were battling with different illnesses, following their 3-1 victory over Oklahoma City University on the night.

Head coach Jamie Peterson said the team was delighted to play a part in such an outreach service, while adding that it was a humbling experience for the program.

“We were so humbled to spend time with kids and families that are dealing with real life battles,” Peterson said. “It’s easy to get caught up in thinking soccer is the most important thing in our lives but the truth is parents and children are battling for their lives.

“We saw kids battling cancer, coming off surgery from a broken bone, and other causes for being hospitalized.

“Our coaching staff was amazed at the interaction between our guys, the kids and parents.”

Peterson also revealed that the interactions with the kids and parents went particularly well.

He added: “The guys did a great job of just trying to make the kids and families smile and help them just get away from the different individual battles they were going through.

“At the end of the day we pray God helps heal these kids and families.”

The Eagles are 5-1 on the season and will return to action this weekend against Bethany College (2-1) on Saturday in Lindsborg, KS.