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NFL icon Leonard Fournette wins hearts at camp for kids with chronic illnesses and disabilities

Fournette played with the kids, signed autographs, taught them a few football tricks, played with them and called them 'the real champions.'

NFL icon Leonard Fournette wins hearts at camp for kids with chronic illnesses and disabilities
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It is always wholesome to see celebrities or people in power be kind to those who haven't been as lucky. Whatever the cause may be, seeing influential people teaching their audience to lead with empathy and kindness is always a tear-jerker. Something similar happened recently, and we promise it will warm your heart right up.

Leonard Fournette is undoubtedly a Super Bowl champion on the football field, but last week he was much more than that. Last week, he was a superhero for kids at a special summer camp owing to his inspiring and inclusive spirit. Not only did he make a special place for himself in the lives of these kids, but he also stole the hearts of campers and staff. The Tampa Bay Buccaneer told Chai Lifeline, "This is the greatest thing I’ve done thus far.”

Image Source: Leonard Fournette #7 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers warms up prior to a game against the Baltimore Ravens at Raymond James Stadium on October 27, 2022, in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Image Source: Leonard Fournette #7 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers warms up prior to a game against the Baltimore Ravens at Raymond James Stadium on October 27, 2022, in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Camp Simcha, in Glen Spey, New York, has become a place of comfort and happiness for children of all ages who are dealing with disabilities, cancer or other chronic medical conditions. The visit by the NFL player was kept under wraps by the administration until he finally arrived to surprise the people. 


 
 
 
 
 
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Fournette was absolutely wonderful with the kids. He was kind, empathetic and much fun. He even led football drills with all his heart and energy. He also danced in a lively makeshift nightclub with the campers, turning the experience into a beautiful and memorable night. In an uplifting speech to the campers, Fournette urged them to keep showing their “incredible spirit,” and signed autographs and posed for photos, ensuring that each child had a special experience.

Fournette, who is presently a free agent with no team, kindly said, “We all have our own problems—even myself. But, the battle these kids face every day–and for the rest of their lives–they’re the champions in our heart.”


 
 
 
 
 
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This camp is arranged each year by the international support network Chai Lifeline. Fournette's visit to this inspiring summer camp was organized as well as coordinated by New York State Assemblyman Simcha Eichenstein. The NFL player assured everyone that the camp will definitely be remembered and cherished for a very long time. He left with a promise to return soon.

“We’re family now,” he said, right before he left. Nachman Maimon, director of Camp Simcha said, “To see the sheer joy and happiness in our campers’ eyes as they danced and interacted with him was genuinely heartwarming. His kindness and passion for giving back resonate deeply with our mission.” 



 

All things said and done, incidents like these go to show and educate us on the importance of caring about others. It is very rare to see someone so wholeheartedly be good to others just for the sake of being good and kind. Here's hoping that Fournette is able to revisit these kids soon!

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