Showing Support at Stony Brook Hospital

Showing Support at Stony Brook Hospital

PLAINVIEW, NY – Members of the Long Island Rough Riders Men’s and Women’s teams made their annual visit to Stony Brook Children’s Hospital on Wednesday June 26th to enjoy a special day with children battling cancer.

Men’s players Kevin Knowles and Adriano Gabriele along with Women’s members Luana Miessa, Kim DeCesare and Grace Hawkins spent time with the children and brightened their day. The afternoon was full of smiles as the players talked to the children about soccer, took pictures and signed autographs.

“The Rough Riders are honored to be a part of the Child Life Program at Stony Brook University Medical Center” said Flavio Ferri. “These special kids are truly an inspiration to us all and we were thrilled to have been given the opportunity to spend some time with them.”

The Rough Riders visit was organized through the Child Life Program at SBUMC. Children cared for in the Pediatric Unit at SBUMC benefit from entertainment and fun activities that give them a needed respite from treatment and their hospital stay. The Child Life Program at SBUMC strives to normalize the healthcare experience for pediatric patients and their families and reduce the stress associated with illness and hospitalization. The program provides therapeutic, educational and recreational activities to meet the unique emotional and developmental needs of hospitalized children. 

To learn more about the Stony Brook University Medical Center’s Child Life program, please visit their website at

For more information on the Rough Riders or to schedule a player appearance, please call 516.622.3900 or email