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They’re Rookies But Already Top Fans: Five Newborns Help Celebrate ESPN’s 40th Anniversary

"ESPN has always been a generous supporter of Bristol Hospital and their filming some of our young families shows that, like Bristol Hospital, ESPN will here for generations to come."

Sports fans already?

Five newborn babies – three boys and two girls – arrived at Bristol (Conn.) Hospital last week. The hospital helped neighbor ESPN honor its 40th anniversary: Any baby born in the days leading up to ESPN’s Sept. 7 anniversary were dubbed automatic sports fans and given a commemorative onesie to celebrate the occasion.

Even the dads got into the fun, wearing matching hats.

These adorable babies posed for pictures and a video shoot just days – and in some cases, even hours – after being born.

“On behalf of the employees, board of directors and medical staff of Bristol Health, congratulations to ESPN on their 40th anniversary,” said Kurt A. Barwis, president and CEO of Bristol Health.

“ESPN has always been a generous supporter of Bristol Hospital and their filming some of our young families shows that, like Bristol Hospital, ESPN will here for generations to come.”

Jon McLeod produced the video.

Bristol Hospital welcomes babies born during the week of ESPN’s 40th anniversary. (Melissa Rawlins/ESPN Images)
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