WILMINGTON, Del. - Members of the University of Delaware women's basketball team and coaching staff visited Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children as part of the Child Life Program's community entertainment initiative on Friday.

The team donated a variety of gifts that were on the Program's wish list ranging from teddy bears to puzzles. The wish list encourages the donations of toys, craft supplies, and other items in order to improve and enhance the services offered to the patients and their families.

Over a course of two hours, the Blue Hens interacted with the children by playing games including Uno, bowling, video games and house, while the parents and families were keen on inquiring about Delaware basketball.

"I thought it was a great experience for our players and coaches to interact with such special children and their families," said veteran head coach Tina Martin.

By coordinating special events and visitors, celebrating holidays, and recognizing birthdays, the Child Life Program strives to make the hospital experience as positive as possible for its patients and their families.

Founded in 1940, the hospital is an 180-bed facility that offers all specialties of pediatric medicine, surgery, and dentistry. Children from birth through age 17 with acute, chronic, and complex health problems benefit from the threefold mission established by the hospital's founders: excellence in patient care, education, and research.