The Junior National Championship, a sports and exercise program for children and teens
with bleedings disorders presented by the National Hemophilia Foundation and ZLB
Behring, announces regional winners in golf and baseball. At the championships held in
Indianapolis, IN, on August 13 and Portland, OR, on August 26 the winners were:
- Jordan Swoape, 13, from Muncie, IN. Jordan has von Willebrand disease. He started
playing baseball at the age of five. He plays short stop and pitcher on two teams.
- Donald Alexander Burden, 12, from Washougal, WA. Donald has severe hemophilia A.
He plays baseball, soccer and flag football.
- Spencer Hinkle, 14, from Marion, IN. Spencer has moderate hemophilia B. He plays
golf every day.
- Benjamin Gruber, 7, Vancouver, WA. Benjamin has severe hemophilia A. He has been
golfing since he was three.
The teens and their parents won all-expense paid trips to NHF’s 58th Annual Meeting in
Philadelphia, PA on October 12-14, 2006. There they will be joined by the regional
winners in each sport at the last two championships—Albany, NY, on September 23 and
San Diego, CA, on September 30. At the Annual Meeting, the overall Junior National
Champions in Baseball and Golf will be announced, based on overall scores. The player
with the highest score in baseball will receive a ZLB Behring bat bag containing a bat,
glove and baseball hat. The player with the lowest score in golf will win a ZLB Behring
golf bag containing a set of golf irons.
The regional championships give children and teens with bleeding disorders who are 7 to
18 years old the chance to meet professional athletes, receive coaching tips and compete
for prizes in baseball and golf. The events include warm-up clinics, group stretches and
photos, the sports competitions and a closing awards ceremony.
This year PGA golf professional Perry Parker and semi-professional baseball player Jesse
Schrader conducted the sports clinics. Perry has mild hemophilia A (factor VIII
deficiency) and Jesse has moderate hemophilia A.
To sign up for the remaining JNC championships, contact the participating chapters:
Albany, NY (9/23/06)
San Diego, CA (9/30/06)