NBA stars visit children in hospital

By Rachel McNeill, Anchor/Medical Expert, rmcneill@kprc.com
Published On: Feb 13 2013 06:54:10 PM CST

Feb. 13, 2013: Some familiar NBA faces took time out of All-Star celebrations in Houston to visit kids at Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital. Rachel McNeill reports.

HOUSTON -

Some familiar NBA faces took time out of All-Star celebrations in Houston to visit kids at Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital.

Former Houston Rockets player and NBA legend Dikembe Mutombo taught his famous finger wag to a patient.

Mutombo and other NBA players past and present are part of the 2013 NBA Cares All-Star Community Caravan.

"For all those kids who are sick, including their families, and to make sure they feel much better, that they don't feel abandoned and people care about them and hopefully they can go home one day," Mutombo said.

NBA legend and Houston native T.J. Ford handed out goodie bags to the children.

"This is something I enjoy doing and the NBA does a great job of giving back and I'm just happy that they allow me to be a part of it," Ford said.

Whether it was a simple handshake or making valentines, it was a moment for the children to remember.

"I like it because I played basketball before I got sick, so I like basketball, so it's pretty cool," patient Jameisha Dudley said.

Aaron Moreno, 16, was admitted to the hospital Wednesday morning. He said meeting the stars of the court helped distract him from the pain.

"I think it's great. I've never had this experience before; it's my first time," Moreno said.

The hospital visit Wednesday is just the first of 30 volunteer events planned around Houston to coincide with the NBA All-Star game.

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