Swinging for a Cause: Golfers Experience Rare Solar Eclipse While Supporting Child Mental Health

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(From left to right) NBA legend Glen Rice, Former NBA star Jason Richardson, friend, and Ryan Katz, look to the sky as they watch the solar eclipse.

Nearly 100 golfers gathered on April 8th for CHI’s Annual Golf Tournament at the picturesque Deering Bay Yacht and Country Club. However, this was not just any ordinary day on the green. Participants were treated to an awe-inspiring partial solar eclipse! The spectacular event provided golfers with a unique opportunity to look up at the sky with special solar eclipse glasses to view the rare sight of the moon passing directly in front of the Sun. NBA All-Star legend, Glen Rice, was blown away by the celestial spectacle.

“I have never seen it like that,” he said. “I put the glasses on and it’s dark and suddenly, I spot the sun and the moon having their little intertwine. That is amazing!”

Golfers did not just observe history on this day—they also contributed to a wonderful cause of supporting children in the community. More than $100,000 was raised and will directly aid children who are facing severe mental health crises.

“The community has wanted the Children’s Crisis Center for as long as I have been at CHI, which is almost 20 years,” said CHI President and CEO, Blake Hall. “To make this finally, almost a reality, is wonderful. Construction is underway and the metal pillars should be arriving within the next month!”

The Children’s Crisis Center is scheduled to open in 2025 and will be the first of its kind in south Miami-Dade.

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