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COACH STRONG: Children work hard, play hard, fight hard

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - University of Louisville Head Football Coach Charlie Strong says the kids who came to one day camp work hard, play hard and fight hard.

"We have a lot of fighters in here!" said Strong to a crowd of kids from Kosair Children's Hospital and Down Syndrome of Louisville at a day camp on Saturday at the Trager Center.

For the second year in a row, kids got to run, drill, chill and boogie with the Cardinals football players. They said it was something they say makes them "smile."

"I have never got to meet any of the players and today I have," said 7-year-old brain cancer survivor Dawson Barr, with a wide-eyed grin on his face.

Parents agree it helps lift the kids' spirits.

"It will help get my son active he wants to do things he never could while he was having leukemia treatments," said parent Frances Steever, whose 9-year-old, Gideon could not make it last year.

"He was so excited to be able to participate this year," said Steever.

"It's encouraging, it says life is normal, everything is going to be okay, you get to be a normal kid."

Other parents recalled how players had visited the hospital before the camp launched last year.  Kosair Children's Hospital officials called Coach Charlie Strong "the champion" of KCH.

"Having that outside source to come in and help them and encourage them as well and to see them is a huge asset for the kids," said Stephanie Lally, a mother of cancer survivor, Isaac.

The kids might see the coaches and the players as their heroes, but the Cards say, it's the other way around.

"We have no battle to battle compared to what they have to battle," said Strong.

"What you learn is that they have so much fight in them and they just teach you so much about life."

Coach Strong said they plan on continuing the camp in the future.

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