New Jersey Nets Kris Humphries, Shelden Williams and Jordan Williams visit Leo Bunay, 5, from Wood Ridge, and other patients at the hospital. (Photo by Marko Georgiev)
Pediatric patients at The Joseph M. Sanzari Children's Hospital at Hackensack University Medical Center had their days brightened by a special visit from three New Jersey Nets.
Kris Humphries, Jordan Williams and Shelden Williams signed hats, gave high-fives, talked about their games and practices and brought cheer to the children, who were all patients, at HUMC on March 13.
"It's fun to just come hang out with the kids, brighten their day," Humphries said.
For more than 10 years, Nets players have been visiting patients at HUMC.
Shelden said it "feels pretty good" to give back and see the children's faces.
Different Nets players visit the hospital each time. Humphries made the visit a number of times and also makes his own personal visits.
"Kris has been here two or three times," said Nets Basketball Senior Director of Public Relations Aaron Harris. "I think they [the players] like doing these."
A number of the patients recognized the players and told them about the times they went to Nets games or watched them play on television.
"I'm a Nets fan too" said Stephen, as he directed his mom to take a photo with the players. He said the visit was "pretty cool" because the hospital gets "boring."
Tyler told the players the first time he went to a basketball game was in February at a Nets game.
"I thought it [the visit] was really cool," said Tyler. "They gave me a hat and signed it."
Like Tyler, Meghan really enjoyed receiving a signed hat from the three players.
Humphries, Jordan and Shelden also joked around with the children.
After high-fiving the players, Leo told them that he likes basketball and wants to be strong and tall, just like them.
When the players told Leo in order to get big and strong he needs to eat his fruits and vegetables he said, "you got to be kidding me, man."
Quinn spoke to the players about his father who is also an athlete - Quinn is the son of recently-released Giants player Brandon Jacobs.
Jordan said it is all about giving back to the children and giving them a chance to see what the players do.
"It's an opportunity to give back to the kids," said Jordan.