NEW BRITAIN – Hospital for Special Care has announced that its 24th annual Ivan Lendl Golf Classic, held on May 20, raised a record over $175,000 in gross revenue.
The Igolf fundraiser took place at the TPC River Highlands in Cromwell. The money will support athletic programs for children, adolescents and adults. It will will also support the Ivan Lendl Adaptive Sports Camp and its year-round programming.
About 200 people were hosted at a post tournament dinner.
Among the attendees were meteorologist Bob Maxon, president of the Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce, David Desmarais and tennis legend Lendl himself.
“The adaptive sports program has allowed me to change how I view myself and my disability,” said Desmarais in the press release, ir remarks to tournament guests over dinner. “I felt accepted and like I was more than just David in the wheelchair. All kids want to be around others who are like them and all kids need a sense of community. The hospital’s adaptive sports program gave me just that – and continues to do so. I hope any kid like me would be given the opportunity to participate in the adaptive sports program. Its impacts go far beyond the gym or field. The program has really changed my life.”
“Our adaptive sports camp and programs rely on the generosity of our community,” Lynn Ricci, president and CEO of Hospital for Special Care, said in the release. “Sponsors like Kaestle Boos Associates Inc. and Webster Bank as well as Downes Construction and the 21st Century Tolland Fund make it possible for David and so many others to pursue their dreams. We are so grateful for their support and the investment each of our golfers makes in these young and gifted athletes.”
The Ivan Lendl Adaptive Sports Camp will be hosted at Berlin High School starting on Aug. 5. The program will provide a sport-intensive track.
To learn more about registration and volunteering opportunities, visit hfsc.org/sports-and-fitness/ivan-lendl-adaptive-sports-camp.
Karla Santos can be reached at 860-801-5079 or firstname.lastname@example.org.