Pediatric patients honored at Rutgers football games as part of ‘Shining Knights’ program

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While the Scarlet Knights are battling hard on the field this football season, some of their young fans are fighting their own battles off the field – a battle for which they are being recognized.

The Rutgers Shining Knights program is a joint effort by Rutgers Athletics and RWJ Barnabas Health to honor pediatric patients on the field.

“To celebrate the bravery, courage and strength of [the kids] who are going through a really challenging time,” says RWJ Barnabas Health official Justin Edelman.

Liam and Nolan Harm were two children honored at a recent Rutgers home game. The boys are battling cystic fibrosis.

“Me and my brother Liam had been given a sword that we held up into the air,” says 11-year-old Nolan.

Rutgers Sports associate General Manger Ryan Gates says that the program is about giving the children hope.

"The goal of the program is to rally around those patients, rally around their story,” he says.

More information about the Rutgers Shining Knights program can be found HERE.

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