As I sit here typing this post I look out the window and see snow coming down on top of the snow and ice the St. Louis area received in the past couple of days. With this type of weather some may think that it would be difficult to be excited about the game of golf. After all, unless I come up with an excuse to go south to warmer weather I won't be playing golf anytime soon! It certainly is not uncommon to lose a bit of passion and desire for the game knowing that consistent warm weather in this region is a few months away.
Golf can and does represent a lot of things to the kids in the hospital. It certainly gives them a fun activity to do while they are in the hospital and provides numerous physical therapy benefits. They see social and emotional improvements by interacting with their peers through sport. The kids see possibility and hope from being involved with and learning a game that they can continue to play when they leave the hospital and go home. And one of the things golf will do for these kids is exactly what I was reminded of recently: it gives them a reason to smile and look forward to the day.