Scores of kids gathered in Trophy Club on Monday to play golf and raise money to give children’s hospital patients a helping hand — literally.
In the KidSwing Trophy Club golf tournament, rather than an entry fee, players were asked to raise at least $100 from sponsors to benefit Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Dallas. Monday’s tournament raised about $11,000, organizers said.
The proceeds will go specifically to the hospital’s Bebionic Hand Technology program, an “innovative” and “very expensive” prosthetic hand technology, said Stephanie Brigger, vice president of development at the hospital.
Despite a heat index in the triple digits, about 60 children, from 5 to 15, played nine holes at Trophy Club Country Club in a best-ball scramble Monday afternoon.
“To see the children and their families work toward such a great cause is heartwarming and impressive,” she said. The patients “see the other children stepping up to help them.
“It’s a beautiful concept.”
Charlsie Doan, 14, of Dallas is a patient at the hospital and has been involved with KidSwing since it began 12 years ago.
“This is how we give back to them,” said Charlsie, who was born without her right hand. “They’ve done a lot for me. They teach me that I’m not disabled, just different. Everyone is so loving, caring and accepts you for who you are.”
Charlsie, who said she has raised about $167,000, said she’s not great at golf but enjoys the KidSwing tournaments. Plus, “golf is in my family.” Her father, Cameron Doan, is a club professional at Preston Trail Golf Club.
The annual fundraiser began when a 10-year-old Ben Sater left Texas Scottish Rite after having surgeries on his hand more than 10 years ago and asked his mother why they left without paying. She explained to him that the hospital treats patients even if they can’t afford to pay, and they receive donations that help.
“He wanted to do something to give back,” Brigger said.
Ben liked playing golf, and he and about 70 kids raised about $20,000 in that first tournament “and we were in awe,” Brigger said.
Lots of players are also patients at the hospital, which is a leading pediatric center for treatment of orthopedic conditions and some neurological and learning disorders, according to a news release.
In total, the tournaments have raised about $1.8 million. It was originally just in Dallas, but because of its popularity the hospital added KidSwing tournaments in McKinney and Trophy Club each year. This year, the Dallas and McKinney tournaments raised about $70,000.
Monday’s event in Trophy Club was the last KidSwing of the year, but “there’s always next year,” Brigger said.
Mark David Smith, 817-390-7808
How to get involved
Go online to www.kidswing.org or www.tsrhc.org.