Rams Players Swing Clubs for Healthy Babies
Posted June 25, 2010on:
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
The Rams teamed up with March of Dimes to fight for healthier babies at the March of Dimes Golf Challenge on June 14. The event, held annually at Boone Valley Golf Club, featured more than 20 foursomes. Each was teamed with a Rams player in an event in which each individual played his or her own ball.
Rams Executive Vice President of Football Operations/Chief Operating Officer Kevin Demoff noted how important the March of Dimes mission is to the community and to him, as the father of two babies born prematurely. “It’s hard watching your baby be born too soon and walking into the newborn intensive care unit. It’s heart-touching. This is not a niche cause; it’s a large cause that we’re happy to contribute and to help out with.”
“We are thrilled with the partnership with the Rams on this Golf Challenge,” Debbie Kersting, state executive director of the Greater Missouri March of Dimes, said. “We’re working with the team toward a healthier community in which to live, work, and play. The biggest guys were out supporting the tiniest babies,” Kersting noted.
The March of Dimes Golf Challenge raised nearly $150,000 to improve the health of Missouri and Metro East babies. That is up $30,000 from 2009. Preterm birth has been cut in both states in recent years to 12.3 percent in Missouri and 12.7 percent in Illinois. That still is about one in eight babies being born too soon and often carrying with them lasting health effects. For perspective on that ratio, that is the equivalent of 8,200 premature babies in a capacity crowd at Edward Jones Dome.
Rams punter Donnie Jones served as the honorary chair of the event and was joined by teammates: Billy Bajema, Sam Bradford, Josh Brown, James Butler, Quincy Butler, Chris Chamberlain, Craig Dahl, Leger Douzable, AJ Feeley, Bradley Fletcher, Hank Fraley, Joe Gibbs, Gary Gibson, John Greco, Josh Hull, Brandon Joyce, Mike Karney, Jordan Kent, James Laurinaitis, Mark Lewis, Clint Mower, Keith Null, Laurent Robinson and Phil Trautwein. (http://www.stlouisrams.com/article/80141/)