Approximately 150 golfers joined forces with local sports celebrities June 17 to help ensure that Kansas City children get a healthy start in life.
The Deron Cherry Celebrity Invitational raises money for KCUMB’s Score 1 for Health program, which works to ensure that every child has the opportunity to reach his or her potential, without allowing undiagnosed health issues to stand in the way. The Score 1 for Health program is one of the biggest examples of how our University is living up to our mission of "improving the well-being of the communities we serve."
While a final fund-raising total from this year’s event is not yet known, the event traditionally serves as one of the program’s largest fund-raising efforts of the year.
For more than 20 years, Score 1 for Health and its teams of volunteers – a majority of whom are KCUMB osteopathic medical students and faculty – have provided free, in-school health assessments, preventive health education and mentors for children.
Deron Cherry, a former Kansas City Chiefs player who cofounded Score 1 for Health 1993 with the late Robert Ricci, D.O., said he is proud of the impact the program has made.
“You all can be successful, you can dream the biggest dreams,” he said, recalling a frequent message to the children he encounters though the program. “But, you need to be healthy to give yourself that chance.”