Ivan Lendl Golf Classic Helps Kids

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The shots may not always be on target but the day was can't miss. Swinging a different piece of metal, Tennis great Ivan Lendl has made many happy returns to Wethersfield Country Club where his Annual Golf Tournament teed off Monday. The "Ivan Lendl Golf Classic" benefits the Hospital for Special Care in New Britain and their summer sports camp which allows wheelchair bound kids to participate in all sorts of sports. Lendl said, "I like kids, able-bodied or not, to do sports and to get to do the kids who would normally not have a chance to do sports to go out there and really enjoy themselves, its just fantastic." Sheila Hogan, the VP of the Hospital for Special Care Foundation added, "these are challenged athletes, this camp brings them a level playing field to come out and compete just like their peers do for an entire week. We have counselors who fly in from all over the U.S. who are disabled athletes themselves."

The kids play all sorts of wheelchair sports like Tennis, Golf, Soccer and Swimming. The Tournament, now in its 14th year, raised $134,000 for the camp last year and, this year, despite a sub-par economy, Lendl and a slew of generous area sponsors are still finding the green -- literally and monetarily.

"That's what is really nice, people really stick with us and even with the economy they come out and give money to the kids and that's great," Lendl said.

The Hospital for Special Care's "Lendl Sports Camp" for adaptive athletes is the first week in August at St. Joseph's College in West Hartford.

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