Memphis, Tenn. - Along with preparing for the Southern Heritage Classic, Tennessee State University Football extended their community efforts to Memphis, Tenn. visiting St. Jude Children's Research Hospital on Friday (9/10).
With several players holding roots in the Memphis area, the Tigers took a full tour of the facility while a few members of the team sat and read to patients.
"Not only do we feel it is important to extend our appreciation and service to the Nashville area, but, we feel we are ambassadors for the entire state of Tennessee," said head coach Rod Reed. "A lot of our players and coaches have ties to the city of Memphis and for some, the city is home. We wanted to take this opportunity during the Classic weekend to visit St. Jude. We enjoyed our visit to Vanderbilt Children's Hospital earlier this year and some of the players thought it would be a great idea to visit the children at St. Jude."
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is internationally recognized for its pioneering work in finding cures and saving children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases. St. Jude is the first and only pediatric cancer center to be designated as a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute. Founded by late entertainer Danny Thomas and based in Memphis, Tenn., St. Jude freely shares its discoveries with scientific and medical communities around the world. St. Jude is the only pediatric cancer research center where families never pay for treatment not covered by insurance. No child is ever denied treatment because of the family's inability to pay. St. Jude is financially supported by ALSAC, its fundraising organization.