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If the University of Louisville football team is going to go through the upcoming season unbeaten – as many of its fans expect it to –the Cardinals are going to have to win their fair share of battles.
Battles in the trenches, at the line of scrimmage and of attrition.
However Luke Brohm knows that those are nothing compared with the battles that the children he met Monday have faced, or are still facing.
Brohm, a redshirt sophomore fullback, was one of about 20 members of UofL’s football team who visited children who are fighting, or have fought, cancer at the Indian Summer Camp at the Cedarmore Camp and Conference Center in Bagdad.
“It was a great experience, seeing all the kids and how upbeat they were,” Brohm, a graduate of St. Xavier High School, said earlier this week. “They were smiling the whole time.”
And so was Brohm.
“The fact that these kids fight so hard, it’s very uplifting,” he said.
Louisville football players have been coming to Indian Summer Camp for several years, but this was one of the largest, if not the largest, contingent of Cards yet.
They ate lunch with the campers, gave each one a jersey and signed autographs for them.
The UofL players also provided the campers with some entertainment, collectively performing the Cha-Cha Slide and singing “Singin’in the Rain,” while it actually rained. The showers, though, couldn’t dampen the campers’ attitudes.
“They were so excited,” Brohm said.
After rest time the UofL players participated in activities with the campers. Some went swimming, while others tried their hands at archery.
“I got to meet a lot of different kids,” Brohm said.
One girl, in particular, stood out to Brohm in the archery field.
“She was really good,” he said. “It was fun to see how excited she got.”
I asked Brohm what he learned from the experience and from the children.
“What can’t you learn?” he said. “Mainly, having a positive outlook on life and being able to overcome whatever life throws at you.
“We could have it way worse than having to go play football every day.”
That’s why, Brohm said, he plans to return to the camp next summer.
“I’m definitely going back next year,” he said. “I can’t wait to see them again, see them winning their battle.”