A group of roughly 70 high school football players from Miramar High visited Joe DiMaggio's Children's hospital in Hollywood Wednesday afternoon.
The players brought comic books, coloring books and puzzles and spent about an hour putting smiles on the faces of several young patients. Coach Damon Cogdell said community service is nothing new for the Patriots, last year's Class 8A state runner-up.
"My kids always talk about giving back," Cogdell said. "The year before last we did a home improvement, painted the inside and outside of a house and patched a roof up for a young man. The kids enjoy it. Today, I asked for 25 kids and about 70 showed up. It's pretty exciting and fun for the kids to give back to the community."
Offensive lineman Michael Miranda brought a Spiderman Comic book with him and read it to a young boy.
"It's nice to be able to put a smile on someone's face, give them something to feel good about before or after they go into surgery," Miranda said.
-- MANNY NAVARRO