Sept. 24, 2012
MADISON, Wis. – Six members of the UW football team handed out toys to patients at the American Family Children’s Hospital in conjunction with the Greater Bucky Open hospital visit on Sept. 20.
The Greater Bucky Open is a fundraiser and golf outing that benefits the American Family Children’s Hospital and the Bucky Badger student mascots. It is run by former Bucky, Derek Hildebrandt.
The event has been held annually since 1997. On the Thursday before the golf outing, Bucky Badger and UW football players deliver toys to the children’s hospital that are pre-selected to suit each recipient.
According to Hildebrandt, the toys and visit from the players have a recognizable impact on the patients.
“The best part about the visit is when we walk into these kids’ rooms and they see the players in their uniforms, their eyes go big,” said Hildebrandt. “I heard many times, ‘You guys really made my day’. It’s one of the best things about our outing. It’s a nice temporary break for these families.”
Redshirt freshman Drew Meyer was one of the six student-athletes in attendance at the event. A regular visitor to the hospital, he was eager to help out the Greater Bucky Open.
“The Greater Bucky Open is a great organization for the children’s hospital,” he said. “It was an honor to be able to represent and brighten up a kid’s day.”