Volunteer Spotlight: UnitedHealth Group
This January, UnitedHealth Group employees in Boston demonstrated their commitment to Project Sunshine with several events featuring special guests from the Boston Celtics. This was an exciting opportunity for volunteers and patients alike, especially in Boston where sports rule the town!
Volunteers kicked off a Craft Kit making session at the TD Garden during a Boston Celtics game against the Detroit Pistons on January 6th. Nearly 100 UnitedHealth Group volunteers made 1,000 Craft Kits for pediatric patients at the nearby Franciscan Children´s with help from Celtics legend, Dana Barros; team mascot, Lucky the Leprechaun; and the Celtics Dancers. Although disappointed that the Celtics lost the game by just five points, the participants were thrilled to share their love of the game with patients by providing newly created Basketball Craft Kits. These kits contain a blank basketball hoop and ball for a child to decorate and keep busy shooting hoops with their family and friends, doctors and nurses during their hospital stay.
A week after the game, Project Sunshine´s UnitedHealth Group chapter in Boston delivered the Craft Kits to Franciscan Children´s with another superstar, Celtics player Evan Turner! The volunteers worked both with children in the in–patient unit and in the hospital´s day school, which provides education and health services to children with complex needs. The visit´s highlights included a Basketball Clinic for patients led by Evan Turner, arts and crafts in an in–patient playroom, and a visit from the hospital´s leadership. Evan and the UnitedHealth Group volunteers helped patients practice their dribble and shot skills, and make wonderful basketball themed arts and crafts.
Thanks to UnitedHealth Group and the Boston Celtics, over 1,000 patients and families at Franciscan Children´s felt lots of sunshine and a shared love of basketball!