Gator Bowl teams gain inspiration, confidence from Wolfson children

Author: Adrienne Moore, Weekend anchor, reporter,
Nicholas Jones, Associate producer,
Published On: Dec 30 2013 04:46:33 PM EST   Updated On: Dec 30 2013 10:24:20 PM EST
Nebraska players visit Wolfson

When Georgia and Nebraska face off Wednesday in the Gator Bowl, both teams will have some special local children on their minds.

The Bulldogs and Cornhuskers took a stop Monday at Wolfson Children's Hospital and met up with patients who are bringing the players both inspiration and confidence leading up to game-day. 

Players like Malcom Mitchell, a wide receiver for the Bulldogs who suffered a torn ACL, are now more determined not only to fight, but to win.

"It lets me know that I need to keep pushing on because I see them pushing on in here," said Mitchell. "It makes me want to do the same."

IMAGES: Players spread cheer at children's hospital

Savanna Poland is a 5-year-old girl who calls Wolfson Children's Hospital home. She's been battling familial pancreatitis, and her grandmother JoAnn Miller said the visit from the players -- especially the cheerleaders, has helped take Savanna's mind off her next checkup. 

"She want's to be a cheerleader, that's her big goal." said Miller. "It thrilled her."

And it's not just the patients who walked away a little awestruck. Cornhuskers wide receiver Lane Hovey said the children's winning attitude is something he'll take with him on game day. 

"It kind of humbles you a little bit, you know," said Hovey. "Just seeing the kind of struggles they're going through. Fighting and winning every day -- makes you realize what's really important."