The Carl Albert High School girls basketball team spent time off the court visiting patients at The Children’s Center Rehabilitation Hospital. The team toured the Hospital and volunteered with patients in both the Hospital’s Complex Care and Pediatric Medical Rehabilitation Unit (PMRU). The PMRU is Oklahoma’s only inpatient pediatric rehabilitation unit, serving patients from birth to 21-years-old.
Kyndra Arnold is a senior at Carl Albert High School. She said seeing patients’ in the Hospital was very powerful. “I like seeing the patients and helping them with their arts and crafts. It makes me feel good I get to put smiles on their faces when we visit,” said Arnold.
Carl Albert’s girls head basketball coach, Kyle Richey, took 18 players and one assistant coach to spend time with the patients. This is the third year he has brought his team to volunteer at the Hospital. “This has become a fun and valuable tradition for the team. They look forward to it,” said Richey. “While we are trying to teach these ladies to be competitive on the court, we are also trying to teach them to be compassionate off the court.”
The team toured the facility and spent time making arts and crafts with patients for the Hospital’s Fall Festival.