ATLANTA - They cheered, they coached, they helped lead Georgia State to victory. Georgia State Athletics welcomed several children from the Make-A-Wish Foundation to the GSU football game against North Carolina Central Saturday, giving them an up-close view of the action in the Georgia Dome.

Many of the kids donned blue GSU football shirts and tailgated with the Alumni Association before the game. They hung out in the locker room with the players, they helped broadcast the game on the radio and some even tried a few stunts with the GSU cheerleaders. Student-athletes, staff and coaches hosted the kids, showing them the ins and outs of college football.

Coach Bill Curry, who got a chance to meet the Wish kids, said Georgia State Athletics was thrilled to help.

"The young men in our program know that they are blessed to have the physical ability and the opportunity to play college football, and they are always eager to share their gifts with children," Curry said. "What an inspiration to interact with these remarkable young people. We are delighted that they are interested in Georgia State football, and we hope that they enjoyed the experience as much as we did.

"We are happy to do anything and everything to brighten a child's day," he said.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Georgia and Alabama chapter also celebrated its 5,000 wish at the game. The foundation grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.