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Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

Oklahoma State Visits Texas Scottish Rite Hospital

Photo By: Photo by Melissa Macatee/CBAA

DALLAS – The Oklahoma State Cowboys, along with Head Coach Mike Gundy, spent part of their New Year’s Eve spreading 2014 wishes, visiting the children of Texas Scottish Rite Hospital Tuesday afternoon.

“This is a great experience for our team,” said Gundy. “Our team is very excited about participating in this year’s AT&T Cotton Bowl, but to be here with these children is a great opportunity for us and we will get more out of this visit than anyone else.”

The Cowboys arrived with gifts (Oklahoma State Cowboy football helmet stickers) for the children, as they received multiple high fives from them and Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children caps with orange and black lettering. The AT&T Cotton Bowl provided goodie bags for each child in attendance that was filled with this year’s 78th AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic t-shirt and poster, while Snapple/Dr Pepper brought in a holiday spread of cookies and drinks.

“What a special day this is for us and our patients,” said CEO and President of Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children Robert Walker. “We see each of these players as role models and want to wish them our best.”

Quarterback Clint Chelf went around the room signing posters, spreading lots of positivity to the children. Like playing on the field, he knows how to fight hard and stay determined just like each child does there. His message to them was to keep pushing forward and remain positive.

“A lot of our players have faced adversity,” said Chelf. “You have to keep pushing forward and remain humble and keep pushing through it. Family is very important and they are people you can rely on, and that is what helps and makes things special.”

Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children was established in 1921 when a group of Texas Masons approached Dallas' first orthopedic surgeon Dr. W. B. Carrell about caring for children with polio regardless of the family's ability to pay. Known as the world leader in the treatment of pediatric orthopedic conditions, they strive to improve the care of children worldwide through innovative research and teaching programs, training physicians from around the world.

The 78th AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic is Friday, Jan. 3 on FOX. Airtime is set for 6:30 p.m. CST with kickoff scheduled for 7:10 p.m. Making their fourth appearances as members of FOX’s broadcast crew, Gus Johnson and Charles Davis will describe all the action and will be joined by Kristina Pink reporting from the sideline. FOX is broadcasting the Classic for the 16th consecutive year.

ESPN Radio returns as the Classic’s national radio partner for a second-straight year. Brad Sham, the “Voice of the Dallas Cowboys,” will partner with Ed Cunningham offering color commentary and Ian Fitzsimmons adding analysis from the sideline to provide the call of the 78th Classic to hundreds of affiliate stations around the country as well as subscribers of Sirius Satellite Radio and XM Satellite Radio in the United States and Canada.

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