Pro golfer starts charity program at Children's Hospital

Buchanan High grad and PGA Tour golfer Kevin Chappell is supporting Children’s Hospital’s oncology program.Buchanan High grad and PGA Tour golfer Kevin Chappell is supporting Children’s Hospital’s oncology program.Professional golfer Kevin Chappell has chosen the “Champion for Children’s” program at Children's Hospital Central California’s oncology program as his charity of choice, the hospital said in a release.

Chappell’s support is a part of a PGA Tour initiative to build a community of tournaments, players, charities, sponsors, partners, volunteers and fans who are committed to making a social investment by helping others. As an infant, Chappell was treated in the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit. He went on to have a healthy childhood and discovered his talent and passion for golf.

“Growing up, I'd been to Children's Hospital Central California many times, though not for anything ever life threatening,” said Chappell, a Buchanan High graduate, in the release. “It's something I've been very passionate about and has always been close to my heart. When the hospital approached me about becoming involved in a charitable way, I loved the idea. But, I didn't just want to lend my name. I wanted to be very active and hands-on. I want to leave my footprint on this project.”

Founding members of Kevin Chappell's Champion for Children's will enjoy a Fresno-area golf clinic in October 2012 where Kevin will share his expertise and then will attend a special founder's dinner with Kevin to learn more about him and why he supports Children's.

“It’s great that Children's Hospital will benefit from the generosity of an athlete who remembers and cares about the people in his hometown,” said Bill Smittcamp, treasurer of the hospital’s board of trustees. “This program gives a new opportunity for supporters to connect with the hospital and with a PGA Tour golfer.”

For more information on Kevin Chappell’s Champion for Children’s, visit Kevin's website at kevinchappell.com and click the “charity” button, or go to the Children's Hospital Central California giving website at waystogive.childrenscentralcal.org.