Registration Open For Kernan Golf Tournament
For immediate release: September 01, 2015
You are invited!
Please join us Thursday, September 24th, 2015 for the 15th Annual Kernan Golf Tournament. This year’s tournament, benefiting the patients and their families at the University of Maryland Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute, will once again be held at the nationally-ranked Bulle Rock Golf Course in Havre de Grace, Maryland. From premier participant gifts and contests to world-class golf and first rate cuisine, this year’s tournament is not to be missed!
Not a golfer? Not to worry! We also offer dinner-only admission for those who are unable to spend the entire day with us. Relax with hors d’oeuvres, dinner and enjoy the awards festivities, all while knowing that you are helping to support a premier hospital. See the full event schedule.
Please remember, this tournament sold out last year. We are also restricting the number of players this year to ensure the highest level of premium course play possible. Don’t miss out – reserve your spot today!
Registration is open for both sponsors and individual players.
Honoring Jim Ross
It is a great joy this year to honor Jim Ross. A consummate healthcare professional with more than forty years of executive leadership experience with community, academic and specialty hospitals, Jim joined the University of Maryland Medical System in 1990, continuing with the System until his retirement in 2014. From 1994 until 2010, Jim was the president and chief executive officer of The James Lawrence Kernan Hospital, now known as the University of Maryland Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute.
During the early portion of his tenure, Jim oversaw the successful merger of Montebello Rehabilitation Hospital with Kernan. His continued astute guidance through the years enabled Kernan to thrive and become the state-wide leader in rehabilitation, a distinction it carries to this day. Jim was abundantly beloved by all – patients and staff alike – during his presidency at Kernan. It was the distinct privilege of the 2015 Kernan Golf Tournament Steering Committee to unanimously select Jim as this year’s honoree.
Proceeds Benefit the Adapted Sports Program
A portion of the proceeds from this year’s golf tournament will directly benefit the Adapted Sports Program at the University of Maryland Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute. With a strong focus on helping patients “get back to living” after experiencing a stroke, brain injury, spinal cord injury, amputation, or some level of physical limitation resulting from a chronic health condition, the Adapted Sports Program is nothing short of transformational for players and their families.
This program is for both our patients, as well as members of our community, with the central goal of helping participants maximize their potential, quality of life and overall health by achieving more than they originally ever thought possible. “Yes you CAN” is stressed and participants are given the resources, access and – most importantly – the therapeutic environment needed to nurture their confidence to pursue the things in life they enjoy the most. They can become re-engaged in physical activity, their families, their community and being part of a social circle.
From the first-time participant to the seasoned competitor, there is a place for all. Those who are brand new to adapted sports may want to try one of over eleven sports, including golf, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby, wheelchair tennis, hand cycling or scuba at the annual Adapted Sports Festival, held on the campus of the hospital. For those who would like to participate in an on-going program, ranging from clinics to competitive team play, our Adapted Sports Program features team sports in adapted golf, wheelchair rugby and wheelchair basketball.
The Adapted Sports Program webpage includes information regarding the entire program, including features on our touring quad rugby team, The Maryland Mayhem, which hosted its inaugural regional Crab Pot Tournament this past year, as well as our exciting recent selection by U.S. Paralympics as a Paralympic Sport Club!