Pelicans visit St. Jude’s Research Hospital
January 21, 2013
MEMPHIS – For New Orleans Pelicans second-year players Anthony Davis, Brian Roberts and Darius Miller, there’s a place in the city of Memphis where they’ve made sure to spend time during each of their two NBA seasons. It’s not a tourist stop, or even a historical venue, but it’s still guaranteed to make a long-lasting impression on those who visit.
The trio of Pelicans players, as well as coaches and staff members, made their annual stop to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital on Sunday evening, a day before the team faced the Memphis Grizzlies at the nearby FedEx Forum.
Since 1962, the one-of-a-kind hospital has treated children with cancer and has helped drastically increase the survival rate for kids, partly due to the research and treatment developed by St. Jude. All of the young patients at St. Jude stay at the hospital at no charge, which has been made possible by donations and contributions. The NBA and its 30 teams are long-time major supporters of St. Jude, with the Grizzlies and visiting clubs regularly stopping by the hospital.
“A bunch of our guys always want to go to St. Jude, because it’s such a cool place, a place where so many kids and their families get a chance – or a second chance,” Pelicans Coach Monty Williams said. “Some of (the children) come here with a prognosis that isn’t that great, but if you look at the success rate that St. Jude has had, when it comes to different types of (childhood) cancer, it’s always cool to be a part of that process. Lord willing, more people will get involved, because they need a number of things to make it go. But they need money (too). They do amazing work. I’m just glad to be a part of it.”