Stroke is the No. 3 killer of San Diegans, and Alvarado Hospital is dedicated to educating the community about the signs and symptoms of stroke.
As one of the region’s leading centers for treating stroke and providing comprehensive rehabilitation care to stroke survivors, Alvarado Hospital has become a community leader in stroke awareness. One of the ways the hospital staff―in partnership with the American Heart Association―draws attention to stroke is by hosting an annual golf tournament featuring stroke survivors and others who are physically challenged.
This unique tournament, which pairs physically challenged golfers with abled-bodied members of the community and physicians, is the only one of its kind in San Diego and is one of the largest adaptive golf tournaments in the nation.
This year, more than 100 physically challenged golfers, caregivers and volunteers joined top-ranked junior golfer—and KFMB Channel 8 weatherman Shawn Styles on September 19, 2007, at Sycuan Golf Resort in El Cajon for a nine-hole scramble tournament of golf clinic.
Part of the tournament includes top-ranked junior golfer Danielle Frasier, along with PGA professionals John Klein and Ron Reiss, leading the "Saving Strokes” Clinic. Developed for individuals recovering from stroke or other brain injuries, the clinic featured three stations demonstrating adaptive techniques for putting, chipping and large swings.
The tournament and the clinic culminated in a dinner and awards ceremony. Frasier handed out prizes to the top four lowest-gross teams and the "Alvarado Cup.” "Wounded Warriors,” a team of Iraq veterans received first place—plus a standing ovation.
"We are proud to be part of the continued growth and development of golf for the physically challenged in San Diego County, " says Mary Williams, coordinator of therapeutic recreation at the San Diego Rehabilitation Institute at Alvarado Hospital. "One of our patient’s dreams was to get back to golfing, they did it today.”
Held weekly, the Alvarado Hospital Restorative Golf Program is open to anyone recovering from a physical injury. Previous golf experience is not necessary. For more information about the Alvarado Hospital Restorative Golf Program, please call (619) 229-7362.