Not only were the argyles brighter and the houndstooth patterns louder — but the King of Rock and Roll (several Elvises in fact) and the entire cast of The Wizard of Oz were also among those who gathered for Texas Children’s Hospital’s 17th Annual Bad Pants Open.
The Clubs of Kingwood hosted more than 380 of Houston’s most intensely dressed golfers who took to the course to support Texas Children’s Newborn Center. Though prizes were awarded for the hole-in-one and closest to the pin tournaments, the most coveted honor — the “Best Bad Pants” award — didn’t require an A-game … just the worst pants.
The Bad Pants Open has raised $4 million for the Newborn Center, which houses one of the largest and most experienced neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) in the country, providing care for more than 2,500 babies each year. The Level 4 NICU offers the highest level of neonatal care. The money raised by The Bad Pants Open helps facilitate groundbreaking research, sponsors crucial educational initiatives, and changes the lives of thousands of children and families. Event sponsorship opportunities exist at many levels, providing great publicity for a wonderful cause.
Bravery Comes in All Sizes
The Bad Pants Open is a celebration for the tiniest babies. It’s a happy occasion made happier by stories of love and courage from families who have experienced the expertise and compassionate care provided at Texas Children’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).
Amanda and Ben Kopp shared their story at the 2014 event. The joy on their faces as they looked at their now two-year-old daughter, Cami, was in stark contrast to the fear and anxiety they felt in the weeks immediately following her birth.
Cami was born at 25 weeks and five days. She weighed only a little over two pounds and was just 12 inches long. From the moment she was born, Cami relied on the world-class care found at Texas Children’s NICU. But today, she is a happy, healthy little girl. The Kopps share their story, not only out of a sense of purpose, but also out of appreciation for every individual, family and corporation that makes The Bad Pants Open happen.
“I hope others will find comfort in knowing they are not alone and that they will be inspired by how far our precious, perfect baby girl has come,” Amanda said. “Texas Children’s saved our daughter’s life. We will forever be grateful.”