FORT MYERS, Fla. – Last month the FGCU women’s tennis team went to the Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida located at Lee Memorial Health Park Medical Center and called Bingo for the resident children from 6:30-8:30 pm. This is the latest in a series of acts of community service for the team, which has become a monthly tradition ever since Jennifer Gabou took over as head coach in July 2008.
This was no ordinary game of Bingo as participants were in their separate hospital rooms with a camera rolling in a playroom. The action in the playroom was fed into the televisions in all of the rooms on the second floor in the children’s wing. Once a participant has Bingo then they picked up the phone in their room and contacted the playroom where the prize cart was sent rolling out to the winners. Prizes included watches, toys, pencils, and microphones.
“This is an amazing concept that the Children’s Hospital has come up with,” stated FGCU head coach Jennifer Gabou. “The system of having everyone involved in the game, despite not leaving their rooms, is incredible. Each card had a letter but also an object that is often found in the hospital. It was a great evening.”
The Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida is a 107-bed facility that opened in 1994. Located within Health Park Medical Center, is the only comprehensive child health care facility between Tampa and Miami. The Children's Hospital is home to the region's only Neonatal intensive Care Unit (NICU). The hospital provides vital health care for children from infancy through age 18.