The few days before training camp begins are the last opportunity NFL players have to relax before the grind of the new season begins. Odell Beckham Jr. spent one of those days visiting a sick child in a Texas hospital.
Jayro Ponce is a 9-year-old boy fighting a rare form of cancer, and Beckham is his favorite player. According to ESPN’s Jordan Raanan, Beckham went to visit Ponce in the hospital after hearing about his battle.
Beckham’s visit was coordinated through the Make-A-Wish foundation, which Beckham has supported in the past. Last season, when players were allowed to wear custom cleats supporting any cause they chose in Week 13, Beckham sported Make-A-Wish cleats.
The visit meant a lot to Ponce and his family.
“We were blessed to spend time with this amazing soul and his friend! There's no words for this experience,” a family member posted on the Team Jayro Facebook page. “Jayro enjoyed this experience to the fullest. Thank you Make-A-Wish!”
If you want a Team Jayro shirt like Beckham’s, they are available for purchase. All of the proceeds go toward Ponce’s family’s medical and travel expenses.
The Giants report to training camp on Thursday.