RENO, Nev. (KOLO) The Thunderbirds visited kids and families at Renown Children's Hospital. It's part of the team's ongoing community outreach.
"To bring our teammates here into the hospital and get our children laughing and hearing them laugh when they have all sorts of tubes attached to them and it's probably an unfamiliar place for them and they're probably having all sorts of bad feelings about it so to get them smiling and distract them even if it's just for a second or two it's a great experience," Major Whit Collins, Thunderbird #2, says.
Collins says this is one of the most rewarding parts of his job. He even juggles for the kids and their families.
"I learned to juggle probably when I was in middle school and I've just been practicing it on and off and it's a fun game," he says. "I like to play with the kids I like to let them pick out any three objects in the room and see if I can juggle it, sometimes I can sometimes I can't but either way it gets them laughing and gets them engaged."
The Thunderbirds will be performing at the Reno Air Races September 13-15.