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Funds raised by the Stryker Challenge will be used by the National Program for Playground Safety (NPPS) to research safer playground surfacing and to resurface playgrounds.

Stryker Orthopaedics and the National Program for Playground Safety (NPPS), in conjunction with golfer Jack Nicklaus, have launched the Stryker Challenge, a series of competitive charity golf tournaments open to the general public to promote playground safety.

The NPPS reports that more than 200,000 children in the U.S. are brought to emergency rooms each year with injuries sustained on the playground.

"Falls to the surface are the leading cause of injuries on playgrounds," said Dr. Donna Thompson, executive director of NPPS. "Approximately 106,000 of all public playground injuries and several deaths each year are related to such falls.

Funds raised by the Stryker Challenge will be used by the National Program for Playground Safety (NPPS) to research safer playground surfacing and to resurface playgrounds. These groups will work with local officials to identify potential sites for resurfacing. Officials from selected cities will receive training about playground safety and a site assessment at select playgrounds will take place to ensure that structures meet the safety guidelines of the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Once these sites are assessed, NPPS will work with the local community to resurface these playgrounds.

"We are committed to making a substantive difference in raising safety standards at playgrounds in communities across the U.S.," said Ned Lipes, executive vice president of Stryker Corp. and general chairman of the Stryker Challenge.

Beginning this spring, there will be Stryker Challenges held in 11 cities: Miami, Phoenix, Atlanta, Houston, Los Angeles, Boston, Columbus, Philadelphia, San Francisco, New York, and Chicago. The first tournament is set for Miami's Doral Golf Course on April 26. Winners from each local event will advance to the finals, hosted by Jack Nicklaus at his home course, Bear's Club in West Palm Beach, Florida in October 2005.

For more information:

www.strykerchallenge.com
www.playgroundsafety.org

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