WICHITA, Kan. Players for the Wichita Thunder took time Tuesday to reach out to their community.
Taking a break from the ice, the players delivered teddy bears to children in Wesley Medical Center's pediatric unit. The stuffed animals were donated through the team's "teddy bear toss" earlier this season where fans threw the teddy bears onto the ice.
Thunder defender Brandon Carlson says the visit to Wesley was an eye-opening experience.
"As a team right now, we're struggling, but you come here and realize it's not as bad as you think," he says. "And seeing the kids here going through hard times puts life in perspective."
Carlson says fans donated so many stuffed animals, the team has made multiple trips to the hospital and still have more teddy bears to give out in the next few weeks.