Border Bowl Participants Give Back To Ronald McDonald House

Border Bowl at Ronald McDonald House
Border Bowl at Ronald McDonald House

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WJBF)-  Liam Welch, QB-Team Georgia Aquinas High School says, “Our city supports our football team and many other schools around the city. And just to come to Ronald McDonald House and help the families they are taking care of is a great way to give back to your community.”

Giving back. It’s truly what the Border Bowl is all about. And on this day, it was an eye opening experience for these players and coaches to see what goes on behind the scenes at the Ronald McDonald House.

“My wife passed away 5 years ago from cancer and we stayed in a facility similar like this at Duke. I immediately went to the people here…what can we do. What little things at Midland Valley HS to help out. Do we need to raise money…can we cook..come in and prove any service for these folks. We do some other things already, but this to me would be a great idea for another project for us.” says Rick Knight, Team South Carolina Head Coach

Keenan Parker, LB-Team Georgia Burke County High School says, The toys that they try to use throughout the house for even the kids that aren’t involved in the Ronald McDonald House that was surprising. How much they try to appeal to the families is what’s really surprising. They really try to make the families feel at home.

Border Bowl at Ronald McDonald House
Border Bowl participants at the Ronald McDonald House

Earlier the coaches and players got a really cool tour of this 6 million dollar facility and one of the super cool rooms on this tour is the secret toy closet so let’s go inside and check it out.

I mean…look at this stuff…we have pom poms, stuffed animals and even a football. Something else I really like about this room is that it’s a no adult zone because if you couldn’t tell from me trying to get in the door..it’s a little short. So this is where the kids get to come in and pick out any toy they want.

After getting a special tour of the facility, the players went to work…decorating holiday cookies for families staying at the Ronald McDonald House.

So what are you making..Christmas Trees? Player: Christmas trees and Santa Claus hat. That’s pretty creative actually..Pinterest. Are you a Pinterest follower? I’m not…he pinned it earlier in the week. He heard we had a cookie baking event and got ready.

Yours are pretty artsy too…does that say SC. Is there a GA over here….ok…so y’all came up with this first. It’s already a battle over her…ok..I see how it’s going.

What’s the green over here…I just see a bunch of icing..haha

One of the kids at the house enjoying the cookies is Colter. The young boy from Texas is battling Stage 4 brain cancer. Border Bowl at Ronald McDonald 2

Courtney Hnatt, Colter’s Mom, says, “We’ve traveled around many different Ronald McDonald Houses and it’s just his care has taken us all across the United States and it’s just a blessing to have facilities like this. It’s truly a home away from and so different from having to go to a hotel or somewhere else where you just don’t have a family atmosphere and here you walk in and everyone is so kind and giving and the volunteers like the teams today that come in and really make a difference.”

Colter has already gone through 6 brain surgeries and he’s in Augusta for an experimental trial. Colter has a tough mountain to climb, but we have faith that’s he’s gonna get through it. We’ve gone all over…..the path just brought us here.

WJBF's Nathan Palm with Aquinas senior EmmaKate Few.
WJBF’s Nathan Palm with Aquinas senior EmmaKate Few.

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