It is the first of May, and a small group gathers around a pole fitted into a hole in the earth. This is, of course, a
scene from the seventh annual Golfing for Kids with Disabilities Golf Tournament, sponsored by Community Connections'
Family Support Program.
The 2010 Golfing for Kids with Disabilities Golf Tournament will be held May 1 at the Hillcrest Golf Club. Golfers can
start the season out right with a scramble-format tournament that supports an important need in our community.
All proceeds from the tournament go to support local families that have children with special needs. Many of these
families face extraordinary medical costs that are not fully covered by their insurance, or they have to travel
regularly to Denver, Salt Lake City or Albuquerque to access medical specialists. With the money raised annually
through the Golfing for Kids with Disabilities Golf Tournament, Community Connections is able to relieve some of the
financial burdens faced by these families.
Families are able to access the funds to address a variety of needs. One family has a child with significant
disabilities that affect his sleep habits. As a result, his mother has been sleep-deprived for well more than a year.
Funding from the Golf Tournament proceeds have allowed the family to purchase overnight respite on an occasional basis,allowing the mother to catch up on some sleep.
Another family was struggling with a huge bill from the medical flight to Denver after the birth of their child.
Funding from Family Support allowed this family to catch up with payments on this bill and focus on the ongoing medical
needs of their child.
These needs and others were supported solely on the proceeds of the Golfing with Kids with Disabilities Tournament.
With the rising cost of raising a child with significant disabilities, programs like Family Support are an essential
part of reducing family stress and preventing costly out-of-home placements.
It's easy for community members to support this event. One option is to sponsor a golf hole. A business or
individual who sponsors a hole is recognized at the event, and the $125 donation is tax-deductible. Businesses
also can help by donating goods or services as prizes at the tournament.
Another fun way to participate is by becoming a player. Hillcrest members can play in the Golfing for Kids with
Disabilities Scramble for $50 ($85 for nonmembers), and this includes greens fees, cart rental, lunch and prizes. It's
a great way to start the golfing season.
Hole sponsors, donors and players should call Pat Smith, the family support coordinator at Community Connections, at
385-3450 or e-mail pat@cci
colorado.org for more information. You also can visit the Community Connections Web site at www.cci-colorado.org.
Tara Kiene is the director of case management with Community Connections Inc.