A few weeks ago, the University of Minnesota Amplatz Children's Hospital opened a new outdoor playground, which in large part was funded by Minnesota Vikings center John Sullivan.
Hence the name, Sullivan Playground, which gives patients and their siblings a much-need space to blow off some steam.
Great story. Thanks, John. Thanks, Amplatz. Next subject, right?
Over at the Daily Norseman blog, via SB Nation, there is a lengthy article on how the playground is a definite game-changer.
It's written by frequent contributor Skol Girl, who tells the story of her niece, Ellie, a former patient at Amplatz.
In her words:
"When stories about players' and teams' charitable work do make it into local media, it's a 30 to 60 second segment at best, because that's all a touchy-feely puff piece merits.
While I can appreciate that, sort of, for those of us living lives revolving around caring for critically ill children, touchy-feely heart-warming things are a big deal.
All of those things help relieve stress for our family and give us short break from the tension and uncertainty that rule so much of our lives, those things give us a reason to smile. We live from smile to smile."
That's just scratching the surface, though. Take some time to read her entire post, right here.