At long last, the sun is shining through the clouds, the robins are building their nests and little buds are peeking out from the bare earth. Old Man Winter is in retreat. We all know what that means: Soon, golf season will be in full swing (pun intended.)To celebrate the coming of spring, Hillcrest Golf Club is teaming up with Community Connections, Inc. to help local golfers break out of the winter blahs and pick up those putters. On May 2, Hillcrest will host the sixth annual Golfing for Kids with Disabilities Scramble. This tournament is a special fundraiser to support families who have children with special needs through the Community Connections Family Support Program.
The Family Support Program connects families with resources to help their children reach their full potential. Children in the program have a wide range of developmental disabilities, including Down syndrome, autism, cerebral palsy, seizure disorders or significant ongoing delays resulting from pre-mature birth. Families of these children often face extraordinary medical needs, the need for special therapies or adaptive equipment and resulting disruption to the family routine and balance.
With the Family Support Program, these families can access funds to support these needs, purchase respite care to give them and their children a break, or provide support for siblings who are also affected by the presence of a disability within the family. The program also helps connect parents with professionals and peers to build their resources and knowledge and access emotional support.
The Golfing for Kids with Disabilities tournament is a fun way for community members to support this essential program. A scramble-style tournament (where each team hits from the best ball), this event can be enjoyed by the entire family. The best part is that all of the proceeds go directly to help families in Southwest Colorado.
Community members can participate in a couple of different ways. Each hole has an individual or business sponsor and is a great way for businesses to advertise their support for important community programs. These sponsorships are a bargain $125 per hole.
Of course, no golf tournament could happen without golfers. Community Connections is recruiting teams of four players to participate in the scramble and compete for fabulous prizes. The cost to play is $50 for Hillcrest members and $85 for non-members. The price includes greens fees, cart rental, a fabulous lunch, special prizes (I hear there's even a prize for the worst scoring team) and the chance to win $10,000 for a hole-in-one.
Regardless of your golfing skills, the Golfing for Kids with Disabilities tournament is a win-win situation. Your participation can help local families keep their children on "par" in their development (I just couldn't help myself) and keep family units in tact.
For more information about signing up a team or becoming a hole sponsor, call Pat Smith at Community Connections, 385-3450. Special thanks to Hillcrest Golf Club for their support.
Tara Kiene is the director of case management with Community Connections, Inc.