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Flowers Creates Smiles at WVU Medicine Children's Hospital

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John Flowers makes a special visit to WVU Medicine Children's Hospital. (PHOTO: Anjelica Trinone) John Flowers makes a special visit to WVU Medicine Children's Hospital. (PHOTO: Anjelica Trinone)
Flowers autographing tickets to the WV Men's Basketball Alumni Game. (PHOTO: Anjelica Trinone) Flowers autographing tickets to the WV Men's Basketball Alumni Game. (PHOTO: Anjelica Trinone)

When college basketball fans hear the name John Flowers, the 2010 Final Four team and the entertainment he brought to the hardwood are just a few things that probably come to mind.

Years after hanging up No. 41, Flowers remains a fan favorite for reasons beyond just playing basketball.

The former Mountaineer plays professionally over seas, but he has become a role model for giving back to the state and community he calls home.

“I love it here. I love the state of West Virginia and I think everyone knows that,” Flowers said.  “I feel like an ambassador of the state, everywhere I go I represent West Virginia. The people here are wonderful and that is what brought me back here to live.”

On Wednesday, Flowers paid a visit to the WVU Medicine Children’s Hospital ahead of the WV Men’s Alumni Basketball Game next month.

He signed basketballs and teddy bears and gave his new friends tickets to the alumni game, but more importantly, he created smiles and laughter at a time when they are needed most.

“It’s a very humbling experience just to be able to go around and talk to the kids and get some insight on what they are going through. I’m glad I can help bring some relief to the kids here at the hospital.”

He also went room to room for private visits to spend time with the children and their families.

“A lot of the kids aren’t even old enough to know I who I am,” Flowers laughed after his visits.

This year’s alumni game will be held on July 29 at 7 p.m. at the Joe Retton Arena at Fairmont State University. Tickets are $15 online at jlowent.com and $20 at the door. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the WVU Medicine Children’s Hospital Cure Kids Cancer Fund.

“The past two years we raised over $14,000 for the two benefits, so hopefully we can raise some more this year,” Flowers said.

After a great day with the children and their families that this game will benefit, the quote on the back of Flowers' shirt couldn't be more true: “The sun does not always shine in West Virginia, but the people always do.”

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