Syracuse football team meets with children from CHAT! and other observations from practice

August 6, 2013

By Nate Mink | The Post-Standard

on August 06, 2013 at 6:25 PM, updated August 06, 2013 at 6:42 PM

CHAT Campers visit SU Football Team

Matthew Soden of Skaneateles was all smiles after he got to meet members of the Syracuse football team before practice. Soden is a member of CHAT (Communications Hope Through Assisted Technology). Mike Greenlar | 

Syracuse, N.Y. --- There was more sun and comfortable temperatures on Day 2 of training camp here on the outdoor practice fields adjacent to Manley Field House.

The story on this day was John Kinder, the senior who traded in his white quarterback jersey for a green one and worked out with the wide receivers. It's not yet known if this is a permanent switch, but it's a development worth monitoring.

There were a few more observations from practice, the second of two mandatory sessions with just helmets and shorts.

But first, a non-football related item.

Earlier Tuesday, several members of the team interacted with five special-needs children from Communication Hope through Assistive Technology, part of Syracuse's Burton Blatt Institute.

The children, who range in ages 4-16, are confined to wheelchairs and speak through computers using their eyes, fingers or a mouse. This is the first year of the week-long camp, and Tuesday focused on sports.

The children interviewed fullback Clay Cleveland and wide receiver Jarrod West inside the football building and later got a sideline view outside on the practice field before the session started, where several players, including Drew Allen, Macky MacPherson, Prince-Tyson Gulley, Charley Loeb and Kyle Knapp, stopped to greet them and pose for photos on their way out on the field.

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