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29th annual Eddie Meath All-Star football game

Local seniors enjoying their summer and preparing for college are taking time to help kids who can't get outside and have their life on hold.

The 29th annual Eddie Meath All-Star football game is this weekend. Thursday, the teams met the kids they are playing for.

Duell Smith savors his days as Hilton's quarterback, but tossing the ball around the play deck at Golisano Children’s Hospital at Strong means so much more. Smith says, "I taught him to throw a ball. All it took was two balls and that's an awesome feeling."

Smith and high school seniors from across Section V will play in the 29th annual Eddie Meath All-Star game this Sunday. Money raised goes to the kids at the hospital.

After a week of practice, the players and cheerleaders meet the children who can't get on the field. Like 17-year-old Adam Mitchell from Watkins Glen.

Smith adds, "I'm trying to pass on the joy that I experience in football to them so they can forget about their problems even if for just a moment. Just to feel happy and look up and feel that warmth and comfort."

Alexis Arnold is a cheerleader representing Webster Schroeder. She spent the better part of a year at the hospital when her older sister Brittany was diagnosed with bone cancer. Arnold says, "It means a lot to look around and see people like my family was in the other position and to be able to help them from this side is cool."

Kids helping kids may be the best medicine of all.

Arnold adds, "Looking back on this it kind of gives you bad memories but we had fun too and this hospital ultimately saved my sister’s life."

The 29th annual Eddie Meath All-Star game is Sunday, July 4th at 2 p.m. Tickets are $6 and proceeds benefit Golisano Children's Hospital at Strong Hospital.

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