By Sean Olson, University Relations

Golf will shine a bright light on women’s health as part of a new initiative at UNCG.

Officials at the School of Health and Human Performance have renamed the Ellen Griffin Pro Am the Ellen Griffin Pro Am for Breast Cancer Survivorship. Supporters, including The Breast Center in Greensboro and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, have donated funds to the annual golfing event that is named for one of the biggest names in the sport. Gifts will benefit the Ellen Griffin Fund, which pays for scholarships and golf education in HHP, and also the Alight Initiative for Breast Cancer Survivorship, a new initiative of the Center for Women’s Health and Wellness.

Dean David Perrin said the new name signifies an expanded emphasis for the annual sporting event, an emphasis on women’s health as well as activity. Levels of support range from $250 to $5,000, according to David Arneke, who has spearheaded the fundraising effort as UNCG’s director of corporate and foundation relations.

The weekend’s events will include:
• 3:30 to 5 p.m. Sept. 18. LPGA Workshop with professionals in Coleman Gymnasium, the Health and Human Performance Building on campus. Free and open to the public. Workshops include:

o 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. Director of Southeastern Orthopedics Specialists John O’Halloran session entitled “Functional Golf.” Stretching and strengthening exercises for golfers.
o 4:15 to 5 p.m. Karen Jansen, LPGA Class A Member and golf fitness specialist, will discuss the program she has created, “Cardio Golf.” Cardio Golf has been featured on The Golf Channel.

• 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 18. “Honor the Legend Dinner” to honor Marge Burns, the 2004 LPGA Ellen Griffin Rolex Award Winner. Cone Ballroom, Elliott University Center, UNCG campus. $45.
• 8:30 a.m. Sept. 19. Clinic by LPGA professional Karen Jansen. Stoney Creek Golf Course.
• 9:00 a.m. Sept. 19. Pro Am Shotgun Start. Stoney Creek Golf Course. Registration fee is $90 including fees and cart.
• Time-TBA. Sept. 19. Post-Pro Am luncheon. Stoney Creek Golf Course.

For more information on the Ellen Griffin Pro Am for Breast Cancer Survivorship, contact the School of Health and Human Performance at (336) 334-5744. For sponsorship information, contact David Arneke at (336) 334-5001.