Nevada football players host children battling cancer

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Football players are known for hard hits and tough plays. But before Saturday's game against Idaho State, the Nevada Wolf Pack showed their softer side.

Players met with children and families affected by cancer, thanks to Special Spectators, a non-profit organization that creates VIP gameday experiences for seriously ill kids.

Special Spectators partnered with the Northern Nevada Children's Cancer Foundation to make the pre-game experience possible.

"Not everybody has been through what we've been through, and so having this opportunity is really nice, just a little more community," said Nancy Smith, a member of the NNCCF.

Five families took part in a meet and greet with the team, taking photos and getting autographs before heading into the locker room and weight room.

"This is a full family diagnosis, so it affords these families some normalcies," NNCCF executive director Debbie Strickland said.

It was a special day for those kids and families who got a special look inside the Wolf Pack football team, as well as for the players.

"It shows we're working for the kids, something to motivate us a little bit more, cause we want to win for these kids, we want to win for the city and everybody in it," defensive end Jake Drahos said.

The NNCCF hosts its next event, the Tournament of Hope Golf Outing, on Monday at Montreux Golf and Country Club.

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