Golf classic to be held to benefit challenged athletes in athletic competitions

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (March 31, 2010) – Hospital for Special Care and tennis legend Ivan Lendl are once again teaming up to co-host the 15th Annual Hospital for Special Care Ivan Lendl Golf Classic charity tournament at the Wethersfield Country Club in Wethersfield, CT on May 10, 2010. NBC30’s Meteorologist, Bob Maxon, will be Master of Ceremonies at the event. Tournament registration begins at 10:30 a.m., and tee-off is at noon.

Hospital for Special Care is the nation’s only complex rehabilitation and chronic-disease hospital serving both adults and children across a spectrum of care. The 228-bed hospital has campuses located in New Britain and Hartford, and specializes in the care of spinal cord and brain injury, stroke, pulmonary disease, neuromuscular disease, including Muscular Dystrophy and ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) and complex pediatric care.

Connecticut law firm, Carmody & Torrance, LLP, will be honored at the tournament this year for its long-time partnership and support for Hospital for Special Care’s mission of “rebuilding lives.” Over the past 12 years, Carmody & Torrance, LLP has contributed more than $100,000 to the Ivan Lendl Golf Classic. Previous Lendl honorees include Kaestle Boos Associates, Inc. – Architects, Downes Construction Company, LLC and The Tolland Fund.

To date, corporate sponsors for the 2010 tournament include: Downes Construction Company, LLC, Kaestle Boos Associates, Inc. – Architects, All Waste, SEI Investments, St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center; Webster Bank, The Tolland Fund, Ambulance Service of Manchester, American Savings Foundation, BlumShapiro, Lincoln Financial Group and Robinson & Cole. Sponsorships are still available at a variety of levels. To obtain more information regarding sponsorship opportunities, contact Linda Rapp at (860) 612-6312 or email Lrapp@hfsc.org.

“This year’s tournament is once again a testament to the loyalty and the longevity of our corporate sponsors in a challenging economy,” said Sheila Hogan, Vice President, Hospital for Special Care Foundation. “We are touched by their ongoing commitment to bring athletic competition to young, physically challenged athletes in our region.”

New to the tournament this year is an exclusive putting contest with Ivan Lendl as well as an expanded silent auction of sports memorabilia and more donated by Rick Bernstein and Jim Mulcahy of the Tolland Fund. Interested players must be registered to enter the putting contest, which will be limited to 25 players and will start at 11 a.m. Players must arrive early to play in this contest.

Ivan Lendl is a for World No. 1 professional tennis player. He was one of the game’s most dominant players in the 1980s and remained a top competitor into the early 1990s. Lendl captured eight Grand Slam singles titles, and competed in 19 Grand Slam singles finals.

For more information about the Ivan Lendl Golf Classic, including sponsorship and player opportunities, please call (860) 832-6213, or visit www.hfsc.org for an online brochure.