UC football team uplifts kids in hospital

Visit personal for starting senior center

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – University Christian's high school football team took a break from practice Tuesday to lift the spirits of young hospital patients.

For one player on the team, the visit was personal.

The varsity squad from UC, along with its cheerleaders, visited Wolfson Children's Hospital.

The team's starting center, No. 56 Josh Nichols, went to Wolfson as a patient three years ago when he was diagnosed with Stage 4 Hodgkin's lymphoma.

Now, a high school senior and a cancer survivor, Nichols helped hand out footballs and pom-poms to patients.

"It really fills your heart with joy. Couldn't ask for anything better," Nichols said.

Nichols underwent eight months of chemotherapy treatment at Wolfson and was found cancer-free in February 2011.

UC plays at Highlands (Ky.) at 3:30 p.m. Saturday. The game will be televised on ESPNU.