About

The Mott Golf Classic continues to grow every year with a record number of sponsors.  In 2022, this event took to the holes at Barton Hills Country Club, Radrick Farms Golf Club, and the U-M Golf Course. With the support of local businesses and organizations as well as major corporate sponsors, the Mott Golf Classic has become one of Michigan's most successful golf outings. 

Becoming a Mott Golf Classic sponsor is a perfect way to make an enormous difference in the lives of children and the families at C.S. Mott Children's Hospital. With its growing annual participation, the classic also offers sponsors a great way to establish or strengthen their presence in the community and enjoy a day of golf with Michigan Medicine leadership, and business leaders from Michigan and beyond. We offer multiple levels of sponsorship opportunities for individuals and organizations wishing to demonstrate their support of C.S. Mott Children's Hospital.

Over the past four decades through the generosity of sponsors and benefactors, the Mott Golf Classic has supported a multitude of C.S. Mott initiatives and community projects including: Michigan Medicine Patient Technology Program, Sophie's Place and the Ronald McDonald House Charities Ann Arbor.  See below for the Mott Golf Classic's most recent recipients:

Recipients

North Star Reach

North Star Reach opened it's doors in 2016 and provides life-changing camp experiences for children with serious health challenges and their families—free of charge. Located on 105 acres of rolling hills and lakefront in Pinckney, Michigan, their medically sound, year-round camp hosts hundreds of children and their families each year.  

During their second summer season, they served 335 children impacted by serious health challenges. Many of our campers with medical conditions got to experience a range of “summer firsts, including a first overnight stay in a place that isn’t a hospital. For many campers, it was also their first time to experience the kind of extraordinary summer adventures and joys other kids without medical challenges get to enjoy.

HEALTH CHALLENGES SERVED

Transplant/Camp Michitanki: 75 campers

Congenital Heart Camp: 68 campers

Sickle Cell/Hematology/Pain Management Camp: 100 campers

Teen Camp: 28

Sibling Camp: 64

The campers they served were also managing these secondary conditions:

• Asthma

• Arthritis

• Cancer

• Gastrointestinal Disorders

• Hemophilia

• Lymphoma

Spring & Fall Family Camps: During the spring and fall family weekend camps, campers and families grow and learn from each other, easing the sense of isolation illness can often create. The weekend program brings everyone together, including over 400 parents, grandparents, and siblings.

C.S. Mott Music Therapy Program

The music therapy program at C.S. Mott Children's Hospital directly impacts patients and families through the clinical care provided by our team of board-certified music therapists.  The Mott Golf Classic supported the purchase of large scale instruments and cutting edge equipment, such as acoustic and electronic drum sets, microphones, and recording software.  All of which enhance and elevate the patient experience while providing a positive outlet for emotional processing and enhanced coping especially for prolonged hospitalizations.  Mott Golf Classic support also enable the purchase of a Pacifier Activated Lullaby (PAL) for our tiniest victors in the neonatal ICU. 

The PAL has been proven to assist with reducing length of stays, improved sucking, and assisting with parental anxiety. It is the hope of the music therapy team to partner with medical professionals and providers at C.S. Mott Children's Hospital to bring this device safely and appropriately to neonates and their families.

 

Meals Matter Program - Ronald McDonald House Charities

Ronald McDonald House Charities Ann Arbor (RMHCAA) Meals Matter Program provides dinners for families of children experiencing a serious illness or injury requiring hospitalization or treatment at C.S. Mott Children's Hospital, and staying at RMHCAA. These families stay in one of our two Houses; the Main House, located across the street from C.S. Mott, has 31 private family rooms, as well as community living and play rooms. The House Within the Hospital (Mott House) has 12 private rooms and is located on the 10th floor of the hospital, steps away from several critical care units.

Like the Mott Golf Classic, we at RMHCAA are committed to keeping families close and to enhance and support the family and patient experience during a child’s stay at C.S. Mott. RMHCAA provides sick children with what they need most…their families. Our mission of providing a “home away from home” for families of sick children aligns with the mission of the Mott Golf Classic in enhancing the care experience for patients and their families and providing access to outstanding medical care. The Ronald McDonald House Charities Ann Arbor’s free services remove the financial and geographical barriers that may prevent families from accessing expert medical care by eliminating lodging and meal expenses.

Child & Family Life iPads for Patient Education & Distraction

Child Life Specialists at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital provide distraction during procedures, coping with new diagnosis and memory making experiences for patients and families during their hospital stay. They use a series of tools to achieve these goals for patients and families. One of the most multi-faceted tools they use are iPads. iPads allow for a library of various apps, videos, training books and more. They are reusable for interventions with patients, and provide endless amounts of experiences. There are multiple studies that show patients who are well educated and engaged in distractive activities are more compliant during procedures. This reduces stress on patients and families. This also reduces the need for additional staffing and medication to restrain a patient leading to a much less traumatic experience for patients, families, and staff.

Build Up STEAM Bedside Lego Education

Build Up STEAM is a unique program to C.S. Mott Children's hospital. It is entirely donor funded and the only hospital program of it's kind in the country. By providing a personalized robotics tutorial at patient bedside. Build Up Mobile encourages Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics, also known a S.T.E.A.M. learning. Patients learn practical skills while socializing, playing, and working on fine and gross motor skills. In the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic Build Up Mobile was able to create Lego kits exclusive to Mott patients. These kits were a fraction of the price of traditional Lego kits and were designed so that they could be completed with one hand. Each kit has laminated instructions that show patients how to build 8 different creations. In addition Build Up STEAM has provided multiple video instructions for more creations using the provided kits. These videos can be viewed on Michigan Medicine's YouTube playlist MottTube and on our closed circuit TV MottTV. Due to their extensive training and strict cleaning protocols, Build Up Mobile is one of the few services that can provide bedside interactions during COVID-19 precautions.