Champions Tour Golfers Shoot Around the Links at Kennedy Krieger

September 8, 2003
Recreational activities like putt-putt help children with brain related disordersand injuries
Baltimore - Inpatients at Kennedy Krieger Institute played putt-putt with the pros when Jim Albus and Butch Sheehan, of the PGA Champions Tour, visited the Institute before their tour last week. Taking time out on practice day before the formal start of the Constellation Energy Classic at Hayfields Country Club, the golfers gave tips to patients at Kennedy Krieger, who are recovering from brain injuries and surgeries. Kennedy Krieger is one of three local charities that shared in the proceeds from the event.
Recreational activities like putt-putt help children with brain related disorders and injuries regain or develop fine and gross motor skills, hand-eye coordination, and appropriate behavioral responses. Kennedy Krieger's Child Life/Therapeutic Recreation Department provides recreational services aimed at enhancing the cognitive, motor, social and emotional needs of patients.
Jim Albus, a professional golfer since 1968, joined the Champions Tour in 1990. He has participated in many outings on the tour, placing 11th at the 3M Championship in Minnesota in 2002. Butch Sheehan joined the tour three seasons ago and already has forced golf's veterans to take notice. In 2002, Sheehan finished in the Top 10 in both the Bell South Senior Classic at OpryLand and the AT&T Canada Senior Open Championship in Ontario.

Kennedy Krieger Institute is dedicated to helping children and adolescents with disabilities resulting from disorders and injuries of the brain achieve their potential and participate as fully as possible in family, community and school life. For more information about Kennedy Krieger Institute, visit www.kennedykrieger.org.