Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Wild World of Wednesday - November 11, 2009

I Don't Care What You Say:
I am a Phil Mickelson fan. At the beginning of the year my friends and I followed him at the L.A. Open like giggling schoolkids and enjoyed every minute of it. Yeah, I am probably biased since he's a tall lefty and SoCal native but we all find fandom in familiarity of some sort. I was excited when he won over the weekend at the HSBC Champions in Shanghai. Call him FIGJAM all you want, I think he's awesome.

Golfers Love To Shop:
Pink Diva Golf has put together a “Girls Golf” Holiday Shopping Guide. The guide focuses on the online retailers that focus on women's golf. Check it out!

From our friends at Fresh Air Fund: One out of four school children in the U.S. has vision problems, and 86% do not get their vision checked before age 12. Many Fresh Air children do not have access to affordable vision care. Glasses break, are too expensive to replace, or are never prescribed in the first place. And often as a result, children's performance in academics, sports and activities suffers.

For the fifth summer in a row, OneSight offered to bring their traveling optical clinic to all five Fresh Air Fund camps. Together with OneSight's Vision Vans – and a team of local doctors and volunteers, OneSight provides free eye exams and eyewear to thousands of children in need each year.

This summer at Fresh Air camp, OneSight's staff screened 3,295 children and counselors, gave 1,757 eye exams, and made 1,629 pairs of glasses, with 1,458 of them on-site and 171 specially driven in. The team stayed at Camp Hayden-Marks for two camp sessions, to make sure every child who needed the gift of sight was screened.

Although you might think some children would be reluctant to be prescribed glasses, most of them are delighted. They've been missing out on the world around them for too long. (Being able to pick out their own frames helps, too.) Our friends at OneSight told us about a boy at Camp Mariah who ran to the Vision Van before the team had even begun setting up in the morning. “You guys have the van, right,” he said, clapping and jumping up and down. “The one that I can get glasses from?”

Today In Sports History

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Vince Spence said...

Wow! Wouldn't everybody feel better if they knew how their charity contribution dollars were being spent?

Eyeglasses for kids. Fantastic...

Apryl DeLancey said...

Yep - I know that I do!

Lindsay said...

What a great program. So many kids probably don't even realize they can't see as well as everyone else. I remember when I first got glasses and could read the board for the first time. I was like, wow!

Apryl DeLancey said...

I had the same experience, Lindsay. I was amazed at what I was missing!