This is a great thing to see and read about. When Lakers players Pau Gasol and Shannon Brown arrived at UCLA’s Mattel Children’s Hospital on Tuesday afternoon, their goal was as significant as it was simple: make some kids smile.

And sure enough, as part of the Lakers “A Season of Giving” campaign, wide-mouthed grins were easy to spot as Gasol, Brown and the Laker Girls visited young patients to hand out presents, take pictures and spend a bit of time with some special children.

“We’re just happy to be here and have a chance to brighten the days of some courageous kids,” said the Lakers backup guard. “They’re going through some tough times right now, but we want to let them know that we’re thinking about them.”

Associate Vice Chancellor and CEO of the UCLA Hospital System Dr. David T. Feinberg explained the importance of the Lakers’ visit.

“These kids are going through absolutely the most terrible part of their lives, and (having the Lakers visit) is like a dream come true,” said Dr. Feinberg. “Our goal is to make sure that every one of our patients gets care that is second to none; to make them happy from a psycho-social standpoint is crucial, and this fits right into that perfectly.”

eactions of the children were evident throughout the afternoon, but as Feinberg explained, just a few minutes with Gasol and Brown can actually have a much greater impact.

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  • Short Dog

    That’s tight. when it’s all said
    and done it’a all about the kids.
    God bless.

  • Chris Manning

    THIS is something that is so overlooked. How much time players and the league are involved in their communities. Honestly, being around a lot of it, it’s the best thing about the NBA. They do more – much doesn’t go public – for their communities than people know.

    It’s a wonderful thing to see. God bless the NBA’s initiatives with stuff like this.