CSL Behring is hosting its 9th annual Gettin’ in the Game Junior National Championship (JNC) competition in golf and baseball. The JNC is a series of one-day athletic events for children with bleeding disorders, such as hemophilia or von Willebrand disease (VWD), and their families. Children with bleeding disorders connect with and compete against each other. The competitions also encourage them to be committed to physical activity that helps keep their muscles healthy and joints strong.
This year’s JNC program will include four regional championships in partnership with local National Hemophilia Foundation (NHF) chapters or hemophilia treatment centers (HTCs). The 2010 dates, locations and regional hosts are: June 26--Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN, hosted by Hemophilia Foundation of Minnesota/Dakotas; September 11--Pittsburgh, PA, hosted by Western PA Chapter of the NHF; September 25--Durham, NC, hosted by Hemophilia of North Carolina; and October 16--Los Angeles, CA, hosted by Children's Hospital of Los Angeles.
As part of the JNC, professional golfer Perry Parker and competitive baseball player Jesse Schrader, who both have hemophilia A, will provide coaching to the kids and their families on the fundamentals of each sport. The athletes also offer participants guidance and advice for remaining active while managing their condition. Members of the local bleeding disorders community will also be on hand to provide education, support and information about the importance of effectively managing the condition.
“As part of our ongoing commitment to help forge genuine connections among people with bleeding disorders and other members of this community, CSL Behring offers a variety of programs including the Junior National Championship,” said Garrett E. Bergman, MD, Senior Director of Medical Affairs, U.S. Commercial Operations at CSL Behring. “Since the first JNC in 2002, CSL Behring has brought the competition to more than 30 cities and towns throughout the U.S. helping to build an even wider community of patients, families and advocates.”
For more information about the JNC, visit: www.gigjnc.com.