Kevin Love pays visit to children in hospital as Buddy the Elf
Kevin Love has not played in a game with the Cleveland Cavaliers since late October due to a foot injury and subsequent surgery, but that has not stopped the star player from performing good works in the community.
Love, along with a handful of Cavs teammates, paid a visit Thursday to Cleveland Clinic Children’s, where they handed out gifts, posed for pictures and interacted with young patients.
Love, all 6-foot-10 of him, really got into the festive spirit by showing up dressed as Buddy, the lovable, oversized Santa’s helper portrayed by Will Ferrell in the 2003 Christmas film, “Elf.”
The Cavaliers superstar and the team shared photos and video of the players’ visit on social media.
“I just like to smile, smiling's my favorite!” – @kevinlove— Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) December 13, 2018
Today we’re spreading holiday cheer for kids at @ClevelandClinic Children’s!#CavsCare pic.twitter.com/B2UrJ5cAaa
"You have such a pretty face. You should be on a Christmas card."— Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) December 13, 2018
These kids are such an inspiration.#CavsCare pic.twitter.com/HC336UztvJ
These kids are the real MVPs. #CavsCare pic.twitter.com/6SDcknkZWU— Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) December 13, 2018
“It can change their spirit so much. For that 5 – 10 minutes to take their mind off of what they’re going through — this & @flashesofhope are two of the best events of the year.” – @RealTristan13 #CavsCare pic.twitter.com/FYMfszEuvt— Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) December 13, 2018
“That’s a good looking bobblehead!”— Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) December 13, 2018
Buddy the Elf seems to love the @kevinlove bobble. #CavsCare pic.twitter.com/G9oCDGeiCl
As noted in a report from Cleveland’s WHAM-TV, the team’s visit to the hospital is part of the annual Cavaliers Season of Giving. It’s a great tradition that certainly lifts the spirits of these ailing children and their families. Odds are such events probably mean just as much to the players as well.