About 300 young philanthropists participated in this year’s KidSwing golf tournaments, raising more than $83,000 for Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. That brings the total generated for the hospital since the event was launched in 2003 to more than $1.8 million.
KidSwing is unique in that the kids themselves raise money by asking their friends and family to sponsor them. The idea came from 10-year-old patient Ben Sater, who founded the event as a way to give back to the hospital that had taken such good care of him.
Over the years, KidSwing has grown from one tournament to four. The latest, called the Scottish Rite Shootout, is aimed at 16- to 18-year-olds. Held this month for the first time, at Topgolf Dallas, it joins three earlier tournaments for 5- to 15-year-olds: KidSwing Dallas at Brookhaven Country Club, KidSwing McKinney at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club and KidSwing Trophy Club at Trophy Club Country Club.
A junior committee oversees KidSwing. New committee members this year include Michael Brunski, 9, of Allen; Caden Hansen, 8, of Southlake; Blake Littleton, 12, of Frisco; Aubrey Morris, 12, of Irving; Gage Sherwinski, 11, of Allen; and Randy St. Clair and Rusty St. Clair, both 14, of Plano.
Sponsors include GEICO, the Ryan Foundation, Janet and Joe Tydlaska and Topgolf ($10,000 each); Barbi and Scott Cohen, J. Small Investments, the Mary Kay Family Foundation and Stonebridge Orthodontics ($5,000 each); Davaco, Cinemark and the Freedom Foundation ($2,500 each); and Anonymous, Archer Western, Capital One Bank, Green Bank, Sandy Nachman, Truman W. Smith Children’s Care Center and Veritex Community Bank ($1,000 each).
Proceeds from this year’s KidSwing benefit the hospital’s bebionic hand technology program.
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