Newsflash: Athletes do good deed
We are always quick, as journalists and fans, to condemn athletes who do stupid things. We're not usually as quick to praise athletes who contribute to their communities.
That's a shame, because there are a lot of athletes who give time and money to worthy causes, as a group of Ducks did Monday at Children's Hospital of Orange County.
Players and their wives, led by Todd and Caroline Marchant, opened a new wing at the hospital. The facility includes a new playroom, a room for teens who are being treated for cancer, a lounge for families and a staff lounge.
Players helped cut the ceremonial ribbon and Caroline Marchant unveiled a painting that was created by CHOC patients and the players' children. The Ducks organization, which has a longstanding relationship with CHOC, contributed $350,000 toward construction of the wing.
Things like this go unnoticed too often. They shouldn't.
Photo: Todd Marchant cuts the ceremonial ribbon to open the new Ducks wing at Children's Hospital of Orange County while teammates and mascot Wild Wing look on. Credit: Courtesy of Anaheim Ducks.