Preparing Boys for Life

Golf team’s “Bucks for Birdies” campaign raises $2,300 for Shriners Hospital for Children - Philadelphia

Led by senior captain Alec Stern, Haverford’s golf team raised $2,300 for Shriners Hospital for Children - Philadelphia through their “Bucks for Birdies” campaign. Parents and other participants in the campaign sponsored golf players based on the number of eagles, birdies, and pars they achieved throughout the season. Stern presented the check to Terry Diamond, Director of Development at Shriners, on campus on March 9. 

Stern was a patient at Shriners three years ago, when he was diagnosed with a rare wrist condition called Kienbock’s Disease. Dr. Scott Kozin, Chief of Staff at Shriners, performed a successful radial shortening surgery, and Stern is now pain-free. He was able to play golf both his junior and senior years at Haverford. 

“After giving me my diagnosis, Dr. Kozin told me that I would not be playing golf that season and potentially never again. But his expertise and the support of the entire staff at Shriners helped me return to and excel at the sport I love,” Stern said.

At his final checkup appointment, Stern noticed the younger children in the waiting room with him, and set a personal goal to help them out “in fighting their battles.” Through his role as golf team captain, he organized the “Bucks for Birdies” campaign and hopes that it will continue in future years. 

He said, “Although the recovery time from my wrist injury may have prevented me from leaving a top score legacy, it allowed me to leave something far more valuable behind: a way to make a positive impact for others less fortunate.”