Timbers players visit Providence Child Center’s Camp PLAY

The Timbers Jack Jewsbury at the Providence Child Center’sCamp PLAY. (8/1/12 Photo by Chris Singer)

There were smiles all around Wednesday at the Center for Medically Fragile Children at Providence Child Center’s Camp PLAY.

Two of the biggest smiles were on the faces of Portland Timbers midfielders Jack Jewsbury and Sal Zizzo.

Both players participated in an hour of soccer-related activities and parachute play as part of Sports Extravaganza Week for Camp PLAY, a special program designed to meet the unique needs of the children attending.

The Center for Medically Fragile Children is the only pediatric skilled nursing facility in the Pacific Northwest. The Center’s services include respite care, medical management, transitional care as well as end-of-life care for medically fragile children and young people ranging in age from infancy to 21 years.

While the player’s participation at Camp PLAY had a noticeably positive impact on the children, volunteers and staff, both Jewsbury and Zizzo commented on what getting out into the community means to them.

Jewsbury and Zizzo meeting each of the kids at Camp PLAY(8/1/12 Photo by: Chris Singer)

“Sometimes for us, as professionals, we get so caught up in the results,” Jewsbury said. “It’s great to come out here and ground yourself a bit. For me, as well as all of us [Timbers players], it’s important to come out and do as much as we can.”

“We like to go out there and help,” Zizzo said. “To the kids, we’re Timbers players but we think of ourselves as regular people and enjoy it as much as they do.”

Jewsbury and Zizzo were tremendous ambassadors for the Portland Timbers, whose community involvement provides a stellar role model for professional football clubs around the globe. Visit the Portland Timbers website to learn more about their Stand Together program.


WATCH: The Center’s Camp PLAY strives to provide wheelchair-bound 
children with typical childhood experiences.
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