In an era of police blotter athletes, McCoy gives back

While the media is overflowing with the current missteps of the latest batch of overpaid children (professional athletes), here’s a story that was ignored because no one got shot, stabbed or arrested.

Just a simple act of unselfishness and caring.

Former Texas Longhorn and current Cleveland Brown quarterback Colt McCoy made a special trip to Temple during his team’s bye week (Oct.6) to help celebrate the opening of the new Children’s Hospital at Scott & White.

McCoy visited with patients, families and staff at the new state-of-the-art facility.

McCoy first teamed up with Scott & White in the summer of 2010 as part of the philanthropic initiative to raise money for the hospital.

“One of my passions in life, besides playing football, is helping kids. From my own experiences with my younger brother’s illness, I personally know how important it is for families to have a place to go to receive the best care possible,” said McCoy.

Rockdale’s Dustin Strelsky was present as Colt McCoy helped open the new Scott & White children’s hospital. Rockdale’s Dustin Strelsky was present as Colt McCoy helped open the new Scott & White children’s hospital. “I’m grateful for the opportunity to be a part of creating this new children’s hospital that is going to help so many Texas families.”

Also present at the opening was Rockdale’s own Dustin Strelsky, who was befriended by McCoy after the two went on a fishing trip last May during the NFL lockout.

“I think it’s awesome and amazing that he’s taking his time out of the day to do this for the Children’s Hospital in Temple and for fishing with me,” said Strelsky. “I just think it’s real awesome and so kind of him to do that.”

Strelsky is in a wheel chair after a head-on collision over a year ago left him paralyzed from the waist down.

His desire to stay active is an inspiration to McCoy.

“He’s a stud,” McCoy said of Strelsky. “The way that he’s handled it. Not many people in life could handle the trauma that he’s gone through.”

“Any opportunity I have to give back and make a kid smile... that’s the least of my responsibilites.

“I’ll always be a fan of his for life,” said Strelsky. “I’ll just keep rooting for him on the field. I’ll be his fan forever.”

Last October, McCoy also donated $25,000 to the hospital’s fund raising goal. His gift was commemorated through a patient room named for him and his wife, Rachel, on the new hospital’s fourth floor medical/surgical unit.

“Colt has been a wonderful partner. The amazing thing about Colt is that he believes that what he is doing is making a difference and that’s the type of person we need to support our children’s hospital,” said John L. Boyd III, MD, CEO for Children’s Hospital.

“His support and efforts to raise awareness about this new facility have been instrumental for us to reach this important milestone of opening our doors to patients.”

No police report required.

The 5ive

Here are the five best athletes named after animals:
1. Colt McCoy
2. Tiger Woods
3. Mudcat Grant
4. Catfish Hunter
5. Goose Gossage

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