Bad Pants Open Gives $375,000 to Texas Children’s Hospital’s NICU
Fun And Badly Dressed Day Of Golf Has A Serious Purpose
Photos by Allen S. Kramer/Texas Children’s Hospital
More that 360 golfers teed off at the 19th annual Bad Pants Open golf tournament at The Clubs of Kingwood recently. The event raised $375,000to benefit premature and critically ill babies at Texas Children’s Newborn Center, the largest neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) in the nation. The donation will support research and advanced education for NICU providers and improve outcomes for the hospital’s tiniest patients.
The colorful tournament, presented by RBC Wealth Management and Capital Markets, is a lighthearted and fun day of golf where the best prizes are awarded for how “bad” players look, not just how well they play. This year’s tournament, chaired by Rob Cooksey, vice president of Texas Aromatics, featured prizes for the baddest pants as well as the award for NICU nurse of the year, Crystal Cruz.
Becca Schiff, assistant clinical director of nursing for the Newborn Center, gave a speech about the impact funds from the Bad Pants Open have on babies born prematurely or critically-ill. Her own twins were born at 24 weeks gestation weighing just over a pound each. The two-year-olds are now thriving due to the great care they received in the NICU at Texas Children’s Hospital.