Promoting Child Safety
Preventable injuries are the number-one killer of children in the U.S., causing 8,000 deaths each year. THE PLAYERS Center for Child Health at Wolfson Children’s Hospital serves as the lead agency for Safe Kids Northeast Florida, and provides families with services and information to keep the children in our region safe. They provide water, child passenger, home, sports, bike, and pedestrian safety education at community events and programs throughout Northeast Florida.
Educators from THE PLAYERS Center facilitate Ready, Set, Sleep classes, funded by Kohl’s Cares, to teach caretakers important information about CPR, breastfeeding, general baby safety, and safe sleep techniques. Additionally, certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians hold classes at several locations around the area to educate parents and caretakers about keeping children safe in and around motor vehicles.
THE PLAYERS Center for Child Health was founded in 2011 to improve the health, wellness and quality of life of the families living within the communities we serve. The Center also represents the interests of medically underserved children at the local, state and national government levels. Originally established with a $1 million naming gift from THE PLAYERS Championship, the tournament group presented the Center with another gift of $2 million in November 2016 towards the creation of an endowment that will allow it to sustain its current education, wellness and injury prevention programs, as well as to expand its impact to more kids in the region. The gift was matched with $3 million from Baptist Health Foundation.
“THE PLAYERS Championship is committed to promoting the health and well-being of area families. Through our long-time support of THE PLAYERS Center for Child Health and Wolfson Children’s Hospital, we know that children’s lives are being saved in Northeast Florida and families have been strongly impacted thanks to child safety awareness and education initiatives and childhood injury prevention programs provided by the Center and their team.”
Matt Rapp, SVP & Executive Director