On Thursday, November 9, former UFC strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk and welterweight Randy Brown visited Seacrest Studios inside Cohen Children’s Medical Center during fight week for UFC 295: PROCHAKA vs. PEREIRA in New York.
Cohen Children’s Medical Center is the largest provider of pediatric health services in New York State, serving more than 1.8 million children in Nassau, Suffolk, Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Staten Island, and Westchester.
“We are so grateful to have hosted UFC athletes Randy Brown and Joanna Jędrzejczyk at Seacrest Studios New York,” said Gabbi Markle, Multimedia Manager – Seacrest Studios. “It was a joy seeing their passion for giving back and connecting with our patients and families. The hospital can be a very stressful environment filled with scary things, so having visitors like Randy and Joanna come to lift spirits is so pivotal in the healing process. One of our patients was shy and uncertain when he first met the athletes, and thanks to the warm welcome and encouragement they provided, he opened up and had an incredible experience interviewing them at the mic. We look forward to welcoming more UFC athletes to New York in the future."
During the event, Joanna and Randy joined Seacrest Studios’ daily programming, providing UFC toys via giveaways to pediatric patients virtually in their rooms and in-studio.
"This was my first time visiting a Seacrest Studio and we had a great time visiting their team and pediatric patients,” said Jedrzejczyk. “Bringing happiness to children all over the world is one of my passions, and I can’t wait to come back to the U.S. and visit more hospitals!”
The Ryan Seacrest Foundation (RSF) is a non-profit 501c3 organization dedicated to inspiring today’s youth through entertainment and education-focused initiatives.
"Courage, strength, and heart define true champions in the octagon, but it's their compassion that makes them heroes beyond it,” said Brian Belpanno, Associate Executive Director of Hospital Operations. “Grateful for UFC athletes sharing their stories at our new Seacrest Studio and bringing smiles to the faces of brave young fighters at Cohen Children’s Medical Center."
RSF’s primary initiative is to build broadcast media centers within pediatric hospitals for patients to explore the creative realms of radio, television, and new media. RSF’s aim is to contribute positively to the healing process for children and their families during their stay by developing these centers to bring an uplifting spirit to the hospital community.
“Joanna and I had a great afternoon spending time and connecting with the kids here at Cohen’s Medical Center,” said Brown. “I live here in Queens, and giving back to the local community and making these kids smile are two of the most important things we can do. I’m coming back to visit very soon.”
UFC’s corporate social responsibility program, #UFCInTheCommunity, strategically collaborates with partners, sponsors, and athletes to develop additional charitable programs and funding sources to help bolster and inspire the local community.
UFC 295: Procházka vs Pereira took place live from Madison Square Garden in New York City on November 11, 2023. See the Final Results, Official Scorecards and Who Won Bonuses - and relive the action on UFC Fight Pass!