NORMAN — Bronson Irwin grew up in Oklahoma, so he understands — more than most, perhaps — the positive impact OU football players can have on kids from the state.
The senior offensive guard volunteers regularly at the Children’s Center, a private, nonprofit hospital in Bethany that serves children with disabilities.
“I was raised in a Christian home,” Irwin said. “My parents are real big on service. I just love going out there. It doesn’t take much effort. I just drive out there and shake some hands and talk to some little kids that are in a rough spot right now.
“The minimal effort has a maximum impact.”
Irwin said he first contacted the hospital on Twitter a while back and asked if there were any opportunities to volunteer.
“The first time, I got a group of guys together to go up there and play video games,” Irwin said.
Last May, he was 16-year old Hayle Savage’s date to the Children’s Center prom. Savage has spina bifida and relies on a wheelchair to get around.
Irwin went to the Children’s Center on Thursday to judge a Halloween costume contest.
“Being a football player for the University of Oklahoma, you’re it for these kids that live in Oklahoma,” Irwin said. “Being from the state, I recognize that and understand that. It doesn’t take a whole lot to give up some time on a weekend and just try to help them out.”
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