Oak Lawn, Ill. - Saint Xavier University head football coach Mike Feminis and 11 members of the Saint Xavier University 2011 NAIA national championship team took time out of their busy training schedules on Tuesday, October 9, to spend some quality time with children and teenagers at Advocate Hope Children's Hospital in Oak Lawn.
The patients received signed football jerseys, SXU football media guides, mini football helmets and SXU posters as well as a fun afternoon visiting with the players. Players who visited the hospital included: senior quarterback Jimmy Coy (Park Ridge, Ill./Valdosta State/El Camino College/Maine South), senior center Matt Munizzi (Chicago, Ill./St. Rita), senior offensive lineman Anthony LaBanca (Beecher, Ill./TF-North), senior cornerback Carven Proctor (Oklahoma City, Okla./Winona State/Putnam City), senior defensive lineman Ryan Fejedelem (Lemont, Ill./Lemont), senior offensive lineman Tyler Smith (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way East), junior safety Jacob Ghinazzi (Rockford, Ill./Boylan Catholic), senior cornerback Jeremy Rhodes (Alsip, Ill./Drake University/Brother Rice), junior defensive lineman Josh Perkins (Manteno, Ill./Southern Illinois/Bishop McNamara), senior defensive lineman Jimmy Sandling (Manteno, Ill./University of Indianapolis/Manteno) and junior offensive lineman Tim Beyer (Chicago, Ill./St. Rita).
"It makes us feel proud to be able to put a smile on these kids' faces," said Feminis. "We may face challenges on the field, but there's nothing more challenging than facing a health crisis, so we just wanted to give back to a community that continues to root for us throughout the challenges we face on and off the field."