MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The Once a Mountaineer, Always a Mountaineer program, which brings former West Virginia University football players now with the NFL back to Morgantown to inspire healthy lifestyle choices among area children, is hosting a daylong event Saturday, March 7, that pairs the players with youth from around West Virginia.

It includes a Day of Play activity camp at the WVU Rec Center, a visit to the WVU Children's Hospital and a dinner at the Erickson Alumni Center with the players. The dinner will serve as a fundraiser for WVU Children's Hospital.

“Our patients and families were ecstatic to visit with the players last year, and we are so grateful that they are coming back,” Cheryl Jones, R.N., director of WVU Children’s Hospital, said. “We are thrilled to be one of the beneficiaries of this year’s Once a Mountaineer, Always a Mountaineer campaign. We have a long-standing partnership with WVU football, and we look forward to continuing that partnership for years to come.”

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