May 10, 2014 came and went with little or no fanfare. For many it was just another Saturday. Some folks may have seen it as the 3rd round of The PLAYERS Championship, the week in between the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness, or the day before Mother's Day. At Ranken Jordan Pediatric Bridge Hospital May 10 is a bit of a special day as that is the anniversary date of the first golf clinic we held for the kids. This year marks three years since the inception of the program. It is a day that will always hold an important place not only for me but also for Janine Roe, CTRS, Community Programs Director at Ranken Jordan.
During the three years we have had over 150 junior golf clinics and positively impacted in excess of 2,000 children. For many junior golf programs these numbers are not significant at all. But no other junior golf program in the country is held 52 weeks a year at a pediatric hospital like Ranken Jordan. At least one day a week every week of the year visitors to the hospital hear that sweet click of a well struck golf shot or bend over to retrieve a runaway golf ball. They hear laughter from the kids and see smiles on their faces that could light up the darkest of rooms. They see kids having fun and getting better at the same time.