A Day With The Duke:
Born and raised in Hope, Arkansas, Ken was diagnosed with Scoliosis, an abnormal curving of the spine in 7th grade. Two years later with the curvature of his spine reaching 51% Ken underwent surgery. Without it, the pressure on his lungs and heart could become life threatening.
A 16-inch metal road was attached to his spine to facilitate straightening. Remarkably, just months later Ken returned to his high school golf team -- and playing in a back brace -- won medalist honors at a District Tournament.
In 2009 The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences established The Ken Duke Endowed Chair in Scoliosis. Funds from the chair treat spinal deformities, tumors and fractures.
Ken’s annual charity tournament “A Day with The Duke” also helps benefit those with spinal problems. Every time Ken ‘tees it up’ the man from Hope gives hope to the tens of thousands of children diagnosed with Scoliosis each year. This year's event will be held in September, for more information please visit adaywiththeduke.com.
Ken Duke Classic:
Ken will host the 5th Annual Ken Duke Charity Classic on April 30, 2012 at First Tee of Central Arkansas and Maumelle Country Club. Proceeds benefit Camp Aldersgate, First Tee of Central Arkansas, Henderson State Golf Program, and Jack Stephens Spine and Neurosciences Institute. Click here to register.
Bucks for Birdies:
Presented by Textbook Brokers, Bucks for Birdies is helping the Henderson State golf team realize construction of an indoor practice facility by making a pledge for every birdie made by Ken during competitive tour events in 2012. The minimum pledge is $.50 (eagles will count 2x and double eagles will count 3x). In 2011, Ken had 307 meaning a $.50 pledge would result in a $153.50 contribution to Bucks for Birdies.
To learn more about Ken's charitable involvement, please visit kenduke.com.
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