The day's guests were a family with two young boys that have Muscular Dystrophy. At one point Coach Mendenhall himself could be seen spending one-on-one time with one of the young boys - this one bound to a wheelchair - and even appeared to be racing or running alongside the boy at one point.
Sophomore Harvey Unga also took extra time to spend with the family. In fact, he was one of the last players on the team to leave the family before moving on to other matters. When asked about that particular "Thursday's Heroes" program, the big, bruising running back couldn't help but smile.
In this edition of Cougar Conversations, Unga talks about "Thursday's Heroes," how playing for BYU has impacted him, and how things are going with some positions of interest on the offense.
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As is now tradition at BYU, the end of Thursday's practice saw the team participate in another "Thursday's Heroes" program, which honors members of the community that struggle with physical ailments and other hardships. The team welcomed the day's guests of honor with applause, gifts and individual heartfelt greetings. What stood out the most, however, was what happened after the team adjourned.
The sophomore running back talks about "Thursday's Heroes" and how playing for BYU has impacted him