UGA Ice Dawgs visit Children’s Hospital ahead Savannah Hockey Classic

UGA Ice Dawgs visit Memorial

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - The 20th Annual Savannah Hockey Classic is dropping the puck Friday night at the Savannah Civic Center.

Four college teams - Georgia, Georgia Tech, Florida, and Florida State - are hitting the ice. Before the games get started, the Georgia Ice Dawgs had to make a special stop.

The Dawgs visited Memorial Health Friday to bring smiles to children’s faces.

Players and coaches filled the hallways at the Dwaine and Cynthia Willett Children’s Hospital. They came bearing gifts for kids who are in the hospital. Players spent time giving the children the gifts, taking pictures, and even teaching them a cheer.

Players say they enjoy coming to Savannah to play the sport they love, but this visit is what they look forward to the most.

“We just kind of focus on what we can do, and just for that 10 or 15 minutes, we are in the room and hoping for a while after, that will brighten their moods because that can have a huge impact on them and their families,” said Kyle Harris, UGA Ice Dawg. “You know, their parents are sleeping on the couches for months at a time, and you know, kids are sometimes in a little shell of a hospital room.”

The players tell WTOC this is a great way to get ready for the game.

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