Feb. 7, 2013
MADISON, Wis. -- When it comes to community service, the Wisconsin wrestling team is "in it to win it."
Leading all UW Athletics teams in hours volunteered, the team never misses an opportunity to give back. Since September, 2012, the team has volunteered over 360 hours to the Madison community.
This Sunday, Feb. 10, the Badgers will give back once more when they invite 12 patients from the American Family Children's Hospital and their families to their dual meet with Minnesota. The patients will sit near the mat, receive signed team memorabilia and get the opportunity to visit with the UW wrestlers following the match.
The team was motivated to invite patients to their last home event after seeing firsthand the challenges they face during two separate visits to the hospital. During those visits, the team went room-to-room, handing out signed posters and engaging with patients.
"Going to the children's hospital is a truly awesome experience," said redshirt freshman Connor Medbury. "It gives us a perspective on life and allows us to bring joy to children that are experiencing a rough time in life."
The team will prepare for its final home dual with a visit to the children's hospital Thursday. As they travel room-to-room, they will take inspiration from the stories the young patients share.
"We're so grateful for the opportunity to meet such amazing kids," said Medbury. "Having them at our meet on Sunday will be an opportunity for them to learn a little more about us."
Gates will open an hour before the 1 p.m. dual at the UW Field House. Five UW seniors will be honored in a pre-match ceremony, and the first 500 fans in attendance will receive a Badger Rollbanna courtesy of adidas.