Hospital for Special Care 24th Annual Ivan Lendl Golf Classic Raises $175,000 for Adaptive Sports Camp and ProgramsMay 29, 2019
NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (May 29, 2019) – The 24th Annual Hospital for Special Care (HSC) Ivan Lendl Golf Classic set a new record this year, raising more than $175,000 in gross revenue to support competitive athletic programs for children, adolescents and adults. The first tournament to be welcomed to the new clubhouse at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell on May 20, the volunteer-led event supports the Ivan Lendl Adaptive Sports Camp as well as year-round programming.
WVIT 30’s Bob Maxon welcomed the sold-out field and helped tennis great Ivan Lendl and honorary co-chair Larry McHugh, president of the Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce, host nearly 200 guests at a post-tournament dinner. Athlete David Desmarais inspired the generosity of many guests.
“The adaptive sports program has allowed me to change how I view myself and my disability,” said David, addressing 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.” David received a standing ovation – a first in the brand new TPC River Highlands facility.
“Our adaptive sports camp and programs rely on the generosity of our community. 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,” said Lynn Ricci, FACHE, president and CEO of HSC. “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 held at Berlin High School from August 5 – 9, 2019 and will offer both a general participation and a sport intensive track this year. Information about registration and volunteer opportunities is available on the Hospital for Special Care website at: https://hfsc.org/sports-and-fitness/ivan-lendl-adaptive-sports-camp/