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April 26, 2017

NFL draft prospects visit children at Philadelphia hospital

A day before the NFL draft, top prospects paid a special visit to young patients with special needs at a Philadelphia hospital.

On Wednesday, The Shriners Hospitals for Children hosted several NFL draft hopefuls for a fun-filled day of activities as part of the league's Play 60 campaign. The 53-bed hospital, located in the Franklinville neighborhood of North Philly, specializes in pediatric orthopedic care and spinal cord injury rehabilitation.

Participants included Temple linebacker Haason Reddick, Stanford defensive end Solomon Thomas, LSU running back Leonard Fournette and more.

The kids were able to interact with the athletes during the event, which featured an obstacle course, foosball, air hockey and other games.

Founded in 1926, the Philly location is one of 22 Shriners medical facilities in North America. The non-profit organization provides care to children up to age 18.

"Acceptance is based solely on a child’s medical needs, regardless of the families’ ability to pay," the hospital's website reads.