Bears for Childrens Program Supports the Memorial Tournament Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Nationwide Childrens Hospital

February 5, 2009

CHAMP, the fourth generation Golden Bear from the Memorial Tournaments Bears for Childrens program, presented by Time Warner Cable, is available for $10 per bear. This limited edition stuffed bear, assured to brighten any childs day, can be taken home to a young family member or friend or donated back to a patient at Nationwide Childrens Hospital. Proceeds support the Memorial Tournament Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Nationwide Childrens. Since its inception in 1996, more than $800,000 has been generated by the program through generous public and corporate giving.

The Bears for Childrens program holds a special place in my heart, said the programs honorary chair, Barbara Nicklaus. Jack and I are so impressed by what has been accomplished at the Memorial Tournament NICU and I am truly honored to be part of a program that is aimed at raising funds for babies who are in need of the most acute care.

The relationship between the Memorial Tournament and Nationwide Childrens has existed since the first playing of the Memorial more than 30 years ago. It revolves around the selfless dedication of the more than thirty Nationwide Childrens Hospital Auxiliaries who serve on the Womens Division Committee. This dedicated committee, representing the Memorial and Nationwide Childrens, works to ensure professionalism from every Tournament volunteer.

In May 2005, the Memorial Tournament announced a multi-year pledge with Nationwide Childrens, extending a successful 30-year partnership with the hospital as the Tournaments primary charitable beneficiary. Since 1976, the Memorial Tournament has raised more than $5.7 million to support the programs and services at the hospital. In recognition of the Memorials pledge, which will elevate the level of giving to more than $11 million in the coming years, Nationwide Childrens dedicated its NICU in honor of the Tournament.

CHAMP the bear can be purchased online by visiting, or by calling (614) 355-0810. Limited quantities are available.

The Memorial Tournament presented by Morgan Stanley is held annually at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio, a suburb of Columbus. The Tournament, founded and hosted by Jack Nicklaus, is conducted each year with three goals in mind: to honor the memory of individuals living and deceased who have distinguished themselves in the game of golf; to showcase the worlds best golfers competing on one of the most challenging venues in the world for the enjoyment of spectators; and to benefit charitable organizations in central Ohio. For more information, call 614-889-6700 or visit

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Tom Sprouse
The Memorial Tournament
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About Nationwide Children's Hospital

Named to the Top 10 Honor Roll on U.S. News & World Report’s 2019-20 list of “Best Children’s Hospitals,” Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of America’s largest not-for-profit freestanding pediatric health care systems providing wellness, preventive, diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitative care for infants, children and adolescents, as well as adult patients with congenital disease. Nationwide Children’s has a staff of more than 13,000 providing state-of-the-art pediatric care during more than 1.5 million patient visits annually. As home to the Department of Pediatrics of The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Nationwide Children’s physicians train the next generation of pediatricians and pediatric specialists. The Abigail Wexner Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of the Top 10 National Institutes of Health-funded freestanding pediatric research facilities. More information is available at