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Santa poses with the greatest gift of all: newborn babies in NICU
(Ascension Seton Medical Center Austin)

The babies at Ascension Seton Medical Center Austin's neonatal intensive care unit may not be home for their first Christmas, but Santa made sure to stop by to wish all the newborn boys and girls a happy first holiday.


The babies in the NICU unit were dressed in their holiday best for their very first meeting with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Santa and Mrs. Claus were played by NICU staff, bringing the spirit of Christmas into the room despite their rosy cheeks covered by their mask.

Newborn babies in the NICU require complex care after they are born, often due to being born premature or experiencing health complications after birth.

COVID-19 safety measures have been taken at Ascension Seton to protect patients from potential exposure to the virus.

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Inside the Longhorns' $280,000 June recruiting weekend for marquee QB Arch Manning and eight other players.
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💰 A shocking report Friday from Sam Khan Jr. at The Athletic (paywall), based on Freedom of Information Act requests filed with the University of Texas at Austin, documented a $280,000 football recruiting weekend for nine players, including NFL quarterback royal family scion Arch Manning. Of the nine prized potential recruits, five, including Manning, have committed to the Longhorns.

The next weekend, The Athletic reports, UT spent another $350,00 on 14 more recruits, for a total of $630,000.

Here's where the money went for weekend one. This is a partial list of expenses, totaling $221,808. The Athletic reported that the entire weekend cost "nearly $280,000."

  • $21,000 airfare, car service, other travel expenses.
  • $1,814 candy, cookies, and other snacks for recruits and family members.
  • $46,696 34 rooms at the Four Season, for recruits, family members, and selected UT coaches and staff.
  • $17,320 Friday lunch buffet.
  • $3,359 rented audio system for afternoon Instagram photoshoots.
  • $29,129 Friday dinner buffet at DKR club area for 100+ people: recruits/families, coaches/spouses, recruiters.
  • $11,880 J.W. Marriott pool bar tab for Friday night parent social, while recruits "hit the town."
  • $10,226 Saturday breakfast at the UT Club.
  • $9,498 Saturday afternoon parent social while recruits were at Top Golf.
  • $36,900 Saturday dinner at III Forks steakhouse
  • $2,357 sunset cruise on Lady Bird Lake
  • $31,629 Saturday night parent social at the W Austin hotel.
  • ? Sunday breakfast at the Sarkisians' Rollingwood home.

The result? After what one recruit parent described as a "five-star visit," Texas sits with the nation's #2 recruiting class, according to 247Sports Composite, with Alabama at #1.

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