‘Special Goal’ Brings FC Cincinnati to UC Medical Center

Soccer Player and Mom with baby in NICUWhen members of FC Cincinnati visited University of Cincinnati Medical Center Thursday, June 30, they had a special goal in mind: To spread cheer and meet some of their tiniest fans.

Several players from FC Cincinnati, Cincinnati’s new professional soccer team, stopped by the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) to provide special one-on-one attention to families of babies in the NICU, and even got to meet some NICU “graduates.”

Five FC Cincinnati players and three team staff members brought with them T-shirts, posters and signed soccer balls for the families and children they visited.

UC Health serves as presenting sponsor for FC Cincinnati.

Sean Okoli, who plays forward for FC Cincinnati, said, “Getting out in the community is something I enjoy and take pride in doing.”

UC Medical Center’s Level III NICU is equipped to provide immediate, advanced-specialty care to the most critical infants. Families of babies in the NICU often spend several weeks, and in some cases, months, visiting their newborn and awaiting their discharge date.

“It is so important for us to provide these families with activities and support to lift their spirits,” said Ruby Crawford-Hemphill, registered nurse and assistant chief nursing officer with UC Health. “We appreciate these athletes taking the time out of their busy schedules to visit with these patients.”

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