On Dec. 29, Britney Gavitt had just spent Christmas at Children’s and needed a pick-me-up before heading into surgery the next morning. Her smile wasn’t gone for long. As soon as the Ole Miss Rebels football team walked in the doors of the hospital, the 8-year-old perked up.
Since 2005, Britney has been a regular visitor at Children’s. She was diagnosed with a rare degenerative disease that attacks her organs and causes high fevers and intense pain.
“Right before the players got there, Britney found out about her surgery so she was all upset,” said Holly Gavitt, Britney’s mom. “But she came alive when those guys sat down next to her. They treated her like a queen.”
More than 100 Ole Miss football players kicked off the 74th annual AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic with the patients at Children’s. The team will take on Oklahoma State University on Saturday, Jan. 2, at the Cowboys Stadium.
Before meeting the rest of their young fans on the inpatient floors, Coach Houston Nutt and the players led patients in a “Go Rebels” yell to rev up the team before the big game.