Jan. 4, 2010
Orlando, Fla. - The Wisconsin football team took a break from football on Sunday morning to give back to the Orlando community. Wisconsin, along with players from Champs Sports Bowl opponent Miami and Capital One Bowl participants Penn State and LSU, partnered with underprivileged local youths for the Florida Citrus Sports Foundation's Day for Kids at DisneyQuest.
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According the Champs Sports Bowl manual, "More than 200 physically, emotionally and financially challenged children are treated to an afternoon of food, fun and festivities at the Day for Kids Festival. Each child is paired with two players, who serve as escorts and friends for the afternoon."
DisneyQuest is a five-floor interactive arcade. It features arcade games, virtual reality machines, racing games and various other interactive games.
While the teams will compete on Tuesday night, players from Wisconsin and Miami each paired up to serve as a big brother to the youths during the day.
Most players seemed to follow the kids around, letting them dictate what they would play. It was pretty great to see the big athletes getting just as much enjoyment out of the games as the kids themselves.
Junior offensive lineman John Moffitt was paired up with a girl named Kandy. Moffitt said that he was able to beat her in Guitar Hero, but Kandy bested him at air hockey.
Prior to the event, five players from Wisconsin, Scott Tolzien, Garrett Graham, Chris Maragos, O'Brien Schofield and John Clay, spoke with media members along with head coach Bret Bielema.