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Philanthropic Event Sheds Light on the Importance of Giving Back

Jun 21, 2016 01:15PM ● By Editorial Intern f

In a world where so many children are overly entitled and unaware of the privileges they have, it warms our hearts to see young generations learning how to give back and having some fun while doing so.

KidSwing, a 9-hole, best-ball scramble for children and adolescents at all levels of golfing ability, was started by a 10-year-old who wanted to express his appreciation for the hospital that took care of him when he was ill. The purpose of KidSwing is for children to play golf, while also learning how to be more of a humanitarian.

Since the initiation of the first KidSwing tournament in 2003, participants have raised more than $1.8 million for Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. The boy who launched the event, Ben Sater, envisioned KidSwing as a way for children and adolescents to learn about philanthropy while competing with their peers. Each year, hundreds of 5 to 15 year olds participant in the tournaments, which are now hosted three times a year.

KidSwing Dallas kicked off the year with a tournament at Brookhaven Country Club in early June, with KidSwing Trophy Club and KidSwing Frisco competitions following in July. To register, visit KidSwing.org.

KidSwing requests that players raise at least $100 from sponsors to benefit the hospital, which treats youths regardless of their family’s ability to pay medical bills. Over the years, participants have raised thousands of dollars for the hospital, strengthening Sater’s mission of giving back to those who need it most. As an incentive to raise as much money as possible, players are awarded prizes for achieving certain fundraising goals.

For more information about becoming a KidSwing sponsor or playing in an upcoming tournament, please visit KidSwing.org.