CU students celebrate Valentine's Day with Grandview residents

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Jordan Cornett

Campbellsville University

Love was in the air on Feb. 12 for Grandview Nursing and Rehabilitation Facility residents and members of Campbellsville University baseball and softball programs.

Fifteen athletes took time off the diamond to participate in a Valentine's Day dance with the seniors. Activities Director Karen Reed said she is amazed at the response from residents the morning after the celebration.

"They can't stop talking about it," Reed said.

"They have been going on and on all morning about how wonderful of a night it was with the students. The halls are full of chatter and many residents are already asking to dance again this morning."

Around 20 residents, decked out in festive pink and red attire for the special occasion, welcomed the players into the room with a round of applause.

The seniors' faces lit up as the students dispersed to find a dance partner for the night. Most of the residents got involved, dancing to everything from Elvis' "Can't Help Falling in Love" to the "Chicken Dance."

Even wheelchair-bound clients were a part of the fun, as their baseball "dates" spun them around the dance floor.

Lady Tiger softball members took the lead on songs like the "Electric Slide" and the "Cupid Shuffle," eventually getting more of the baseball boys to join in on the action.

When slow songs began playing, Reed couldn't help but get teary as members of both squads paired with residents.

"This is amazing," Reed said. "These students did not have to do this, but they wanted to. It is impossible not to see how compassionate they are. And the fact that they are athletes showing love like this says a lot. What a blessing."_

Freshman Tiger Brandon Arel said he believes the experience was priceless.

"I had such a good time at the nursing home," he said. "It was great to put a smile on those residents' faces and be a part of something like that. I know, many times, they probably don't have a lot of outside visitors, so I'm sure the night meant a lot to them."

The trip to Grandview was the second of the school year for the baseball team, who had members sing Christmas Carols to the residents in December.