PITTSBURGH — Pitt football’s players and coaches fanned out across the city on Friday, as the Pitt players participated in Pitt’s day of service.
The offensive and defensive linemen and tight ends were joined by Pat Narduzzi and several members of Pitt’s support staff at UPMC Children’s Hospital in Garfield to visit with patients and attempt to liven the day of the children with games, gifts and more.
Most of the players and coaches fanned out across the waiting area, playing games, coloring and talking with children waiting for their appointments.
Narduzzi, his wife Donna and freshmen Liam Dick and Noah Palmer (Thomas Jefferson) went to the seventh floor, where cardiac transplant patients wait for potential news of a new heart. Narduzzi hoped the visit provided some perspective for his players.
“When you walk in, you think about how great you have it, how great we have it,” Narduzzi said. “You’ve got young children waiting for hearts. … Our kids are waiting on a game tomorrow, waiting to get a grade back on a test and they’re stressed about that.”
The rest of Pitt’s team was active in the community, as well. The quarterbacks were at Sto-Rox Food Bank, defensive backs were at St. Joseph’s House, the linebackers at the Southwest Veteran’s Center, the wide receivers went to Elroy Elementary School and the running backs were at the Boys and Girls Club of Shadyside.