Bismarck Bobcats deliver bears to kids at Sanford

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BISMARCK, N.D. - Santa isn't the only one giving gifts this holiday season. One local sports team is stepping up to help kids in the hospital.

During a Dec. 9 game against Minot, Bismarck Bobcat fans launched dozens of Teddy bears onto the ice after the Bobcats scored a goal. The bears thrown on the ice have a new home.

"Coming here and giving these young kids these teddy bears and being able to hopefully impact their lives in a special way. It's been a lot of fun for us and a lot of fun for my players,” said head coach Layne Sedevie.

They were delivered to Sanford Children's Hospital in Bismarck. One of the players that helped with delivery day was Tanner Vescio. He only wanted to do one thing.

"Give them a little joy. We know they go through a lot. It means a lot to us to see their smiles,” said Vescio.

Bears of all sizes came into the wing.

"It looked so beautiful, they had bears which were larger than themselves, and of course I could see an intense smile on my patient's face,” said Dr. Parag Kumar of Sanford Health.

Coach Sedevie used this experience to teach his kids about life instead of hockey.

"You know it's something about they're not just here to play hockey, they're here to give back to the community which has supported them for a long, long time,” said Sedevie.

The Bobcats are getting ready for a three-game series with Minot starting on Friday.