DURHAM, N.C.— On Thursday, the Duke men’s and women’s golf programs held a Birdies for Babies program kickoff at the Duke Golf Club. Members of the media, Blue Devil golf student-athletes, coaches and Duke Children’s Hospital staff and doctors came out to reflect on the first year of the program and the excitement going forward. The program benefits the Duke Children’s Neonatal and Pediatric Intensive Care Units.
After women’s golf senior Virginia Elena Carta created the program last year, through generous donations Birdies for Babies raised $10,565. With the addition of the men’s golf program in 2018-19, hopes are that the donations will continue to rise.
During the event this week, Michael Cotten, M.D. Division Chair of Neonatology, spoke to the group about the excitement of the program.
Those looking to support Duke’s partnership with the Duke Children’s can make pledges per birdie. Pledges will start at $0.50 and high pledge increments are welcome. If the Blue Devils register an eagle (counts as two birdies), albatross (three birdies) and hole-in-one (four birdies) they will count as stated. Each pledge will receive an autographed photo of the Duke women’s golf team.
Duke Children’s is a 180-bed inpatient hospital within Duke University Hospital. The central outpatient clinic, the McGovern-Davison Children’s Health Center, is a 66,000 square-foot facility that is adjacent to the hospital, and that combines medical and surgical specialty services in one colorful, child-focused location. Additionally, there are numerous Duke Children’s primary care and specialty care clinics through North Carolina to care for the needs of children throughout the state. Duke Children’s is one of the largest health care providers for children in the Southeast, and the only children’s hospital in North Carolina to be ranked in all ten specialties by the U.S. News & World Report. Learn more about Duke Children’s online at www.dukechildrens.org or at www.facebook.com/dukechildrens.