Foundation’s goals are making play accessible to all, combating childhood obesity, injury prevention
Founded 13 years ago, the Resurgens Charitable Foundation recently
reached a milestone in their philanthropic quest to give back to the metro
Atlanta community by surpassing the $1 million donation mark. Funding has been
distributed to organizations and projects that promote active and healthy
lifestyles to people of all ages and ability levels.
Several recent donations helped push the Foundation over the $1
million donation mark, including: The Georgia Ballet, Lewis Elementary School’s
Morning Fitness program, Shiloh Elementary PTA Safe Play Area, Vaughan
Elementary School Playground, Henry County Parks and Recreation Special
Olympics, North Metro Miracle League’s Camp Collinswood, and Wheelchairs 4
Dr. Kay Kirkpatrick, president of the Foundation and co-president
of Resurgens Orthopaedics, says the entire board and all of the Foundation’s
supporters view this work as essential and something that directly impacts the
future of Atlanta’s children.
“We are so fortunate to have a dedicated, enthusiastic team that
views this work with the same importance as they do their day job. This is an
investment in Atlanta’s future, and something we take very seriously,” she
asserted. “The biggest reward for us is when we can see smiling faces of
children who just rode down a slide or soared on a swing for the first time.”
A portion of the funds raised has come from Resurgens’ own
employees, who are also passionate about the work the foundation does. The
employee donations (excluding physician donations) have amounted to $55,000
raised through individual office initiated fundraising efforts such as bake
sales, sports bracket competitions, and “jeans days.”
The Foundation believes outdoor, physical play is vital to every
child’s healthy development, and that all children, regardless of ability, should
have access to stimulating and challenging play spaces. To this end, the
Foundation’s goal is to help construct one all-abilities playground each year.
These playgrounds are specially designed for children — and parents — with
physical or mental disabilities, as well as non-affected children. Since 2001,
the Foundation has funded 17 all-abilities playgrounds across the Atlanta area
with a few more planned for the next year.
The Foundation also amplifies its own work and the work of others
by partnering with and supporting like-minded organizations that help all
Georgians live healthier, happier, more active lives. These include the North
Metro Miracle League’s Camp Collinswood, BlazeSports, the Fragile Kids
Foundation, the Georgia Ballet’s Dance Ability program, and YMCA Youth Fit for
Additionally, Dr. Joseph Chandler — Executive Director of the
Foundation and Director of Medical Services Emeritus for the Atlanta Braves —
created and narrates a DVD, “Striking Out Injuries in Youth Baseball,” that features
injury prevention tips and recommendations from former Atlanta Braves pitchers
John Smoltz and Tom Glavine. They discuss the importance of young pitchers
limiting pitch counts, mastering proper mechanics, and not throwing breaking
balls until they are older, stronger, and more mature. Parents and coaches can
get free copies of the video from Kathy Scott at Resurgens Orthopaedics at
678-422-4216 or ScottKM@resurgens.com.
The mission of the Resurgens Charitable Foundation is to promote active lifestyles for people of all ages and abilities. It was formed in 2001 with a fundraising effort in response to the terrorist attacks on September 11. Since then, it has evolved to focus on youth health and fitness, and raising funds to build specially designed all-abilities playgrounds for children in the metropolitan Atlanta area. A major goal of the Foundation is to support construction of at least one of these playgrounds per year. For more information, please visit www.ResurgensFoundation.com.