Members of the Oklahoma City Energy Football Club recently visited The Children’s Center Rehabilitation Hospital. General Manager Jason Hawkins and goalkeeper Cody Laurendi toured the Hospital and talked with patients in the Pediatric Medical Rehabilitation Unit (PMRU). The PMRU is Oklahoma’s only inpatient rehabilitation unit, serving age’s birth to 21.
Cody Laurendi has been a member of the OKC Energy for three years, and participates in the OKC Energy Sidekick program. This program pairs players with a special needs child to be their sidekick for the soccer season.
“My sidekick this year is a child receiving outpatient care at The Children’s Center Rehabilitation Hospital. Last year his brother was my sidekick, so I have formed a tight bond with the whole family,” said Cody. “This program has allowed me to learn so much about him and we have developed a true friendship. This is the best part of playing for the OKC Energy.”
Cody grew up in Florida and played college soccer in Texas. The OKC Energy brought him to Oklahoma, and has allowed him opportunities to visit schools and hospitals. “These visits give me a new perspective on life. I appreciate the ability to make somebody’s day better just by talking to them. Being able to turn a bad day good or make a situation better just by visiting them is huge,” said Cody.
Patients at The Children’s Center Rehabilitation Hospital receive a wide variety of services. Some of those services include 24-hour medical care, special education and various forms of therapy.
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