Wiggins Unveils Refurbished Activity Center
Less than 24 hours after getting drafted into the NBA, No. 1 pick Andrew Wiggins is already making his presence felt in Cleveland. After officially being introduced at a press conference at Cleveland Clinic Courts on Friday, the Cavs’ 2014 Draft Pick made his way to Cleveland Clinic Children’s to make his first appearance on behalf of the team. As part of the Cavs fourth annual Draft Legacy Project, the organization refurbished the Activity Center at Cleveland Clinic Children’s, which Wiggins and new head coach David Blatt unveiled.
Cavs broadcaster Fred McLeod led a press conference with general manager David Griffin, Blatt and Wiggins. Cleveland Clinic Children’s chairman, Dr. Giovanni Piedimonte, and director of Child Life, Shannon Sonnhalter, were also on hand to discuss not only the excitement of the new center, but also the positive impact it will have on patients and their families. Cavs forward Anthony Bennett and legend Campy Russell were also there to lend their support.
“We are honored to have the opportunity to partner with Cleveland Clinic Children’s to hopefully help enrich the stay of their young patients,” said Len Komoroski, CEO of the Cleveland Cavaliers. “Making an impact in the Greater Cleveland community is a large and important part of the culture of our organization, and one that we take great pride in.”
Following the press conference, the group cut the ribbon to officially open the bright, new Activity Center.
The previous room was completely gutted and received new flooring, ceiling, lighting, paint and windows. The new floor was made to resemble the court at the Cavs’ official practice facility, Cleveland Clinic Courts. The new space also now has all-new furniture and decor, and even features a “technology bar” with iPads and more. All with the intention of providing a fun, comfortable and uplifting experience for the patients and their families during their stay at Cleveland Clinic Children’s. Several patients were able to enjoy the new space at the grand opening, and even had the opportunity to hang out with the newest Cavalier.
“We are grateful to the Cavs for renovating our Activity Center,” said Dr. Giovanni Piedimonte, Chair of Cleveland Clinic Children’s. “The new Activity Center is beautiful and will be a nice retreat for our patients.”
About Cleveland Clinic Children’s
Cleveland Clinic Children’s is a part of the Cleveland Clinic health system and offers full medical, surgical and rehabilitative care for infants, children and adolescents. Cleveland Clinic Children’s supports 126 acute care beds at Cleveland Clinic's main campus and 284 pediatric beds system wide; in addition, pediatric services are available at 43 Clinic sites in Northeast Ohio. A staff of more than 300 full-time pediatricians and sub-specialists see 800,000 pediatric visits each year and provide hospital care for 18,000 children per year. Cleveland Clinic Children’s is a non-profit, multi-specialty academic medical center integrating clinical care, research and education. Cleveland Clinic Children’s consistently ranks among the “Best Children’s Hospitals” by U.S.News & World Report. Visit us online at www.clevelandclinic.org/childrens and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/clevelandclinicchildrens.