Bubba Watson and Ping finance Motion Analysis Lab at Phoenix Children's Hospital

Bubba Watson
Bubba Watson via Twitter
Bubba Watson joined some patients and their family members to celebrate the grand opening of the Bubba Watson and Ping Golf Motion Analysis Lab at the Phoenix Children's Hospital on Tuesday.
By John Holmes
PGA.com

Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Wednesday, February 11, 2015 | 2:51 p.m.
 
Not long after Bubba Watson won his first Masters back in 2012, he and Ping teamed up for a special promotion called ''Bubba & Friends Drive to a Million.'' To help raise funds for Phoenix-area charities, Ping donated $50 for each of the 5,000 pink drivers sold.
 
Last year, Watson and Ping presented $250,000 to the Phoenix Children's Hospital, with the money dedicated to creating the Bubba Watson and Ping Golf Motion Analysis Lab, which will serve pediatric patients with neuromuscular diseases and disabilities. In total, Watson and his wife Angie, along with Ping, donated $360,000 to the project.
 
And on Tuesday, the new facility celebrated its grand opening – with Bubba, of course, on hand for the festivities.
 
Writing on the hospital's website, Shane Barnhill, the director of digital philanthrophy at the hospital, provided some details on the new facility. Specifically, he explained, each year it will help hundreds of children who have movement disorders or walking difficulties caused by conditions like Cerebral Palsy. 
 
 
"A team of specialists – orthopaedic surgeons, physical therapists, kinesiologists, pediatric-trained sports medicine doctors, physiatrists, neurologists, neurosurgeons, and engineers – will soon have data from a computer-assisted motion analysis of the way each child moves and walks," he wrote. "This innovative new process is invaluable, as studies have shown that nearly 90 percent of the surgical plans for patients seen in a gait lab change after evaluation."
 
Check out Watson's Twitter account and Facebook page for more photos and video from the grand opening.