MAHWAH, N.J., July 28, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- As Champions Tour golfers prepare to tee off later this week at the 3M Championship, Stryker Orthopaedics is pleased to announce its presence at the tournament for a second consecutive year. The tournament, known as one of the most popular events amongst Champions Tour players, will take place at TPC Twin Cities in Blaine, MN, and is anticipating the participation of golf's greatest players. Stryker is returning with new and enhanced experiences for fans throughout the weekend with its notable onsite activation, the "Stryker Mobility Zone" – a destination designed to educate golf fans on the importance of joint health.
On its seventh stop in 2015, Stryker will continue to reinforce its goal to educate tournament goers on joint health through interactive and engaging initiatives. In addition to providing the opportunity for fans to learn about Stryker hip and knee products, the Official Joint Replacement Products of the PGA TOUR and Champions Tour, and how they may help patients return to their everyday activities post-surgery, the Stryker Mobility Zone will also feature:
- The Mako System, the robotic-arm assisted technology that is changing the way joint replacement surgery is performed, on display throughout the weekend
- Interactive photo booth for fans to share highlights of their tournament experience on social media
- Free pedometer giveaway for fans to track their steps and mobility throughout the course
- On-site local orthopedic surgeons to provide fans with joint health assessments and additional education on Stryker products
- Meet and greet opportunity with Champions Tour golfers Fred Funk and Hal Sutton
The 3M Championship is also known as the largest professional sports-related charity event in the state of Minneapolis, and aligns with Stryker's commitment to give back to the community. At the Stryker Mobility Zone, fans will have the opportunity to purchase the Stryker hats brand ambassadors Fred Funk and Hal Sutton wear on the course. For every hat purchased, Stryker will donate 100% of the net proceeds directly to the Fisher House Foundation in support of our military.
As an added component to Stryker's presence at the tournament this year, the company will sponsor the Stryker Health Walk which highlights 7-10 health facts and tips along the course for fans as they follow this year's Champions Tour players.
"Two weeks ago I played my best round of the season and I'm feeling very motivated to continue to play well," said Fred Funk. "It's an exciting time and I'm thankful for making the decision to get a Stryker GetAroundKnee. Otherwise my career may have been over a long time ago."
Funk, a Stryker brand ambassador since 2011, is one of the most recognizable names and personalities in professional golf. During his career, which spans more than 20 years, Funk has won eight titles on the PGA TOUR, including THE PLAYERS Championship 2005, and six titles on the Champions Tour, including the 2009 U.S. Senior Open. Funk underwent total knee replacement in November 2009 and received Stryker's GetAroundKnee. He won the 2010 JELD-WEN Tradition the following season, becoming the first player ever to win a PGA TOUR-sanctioned event after total knee replacement surgery.
"I'm excited to play at the 3M Championship again this year. It's a beautiful course and I enjoy having the opportunity to be face-to-face with fans to talk all things golf, as well as to share my story of how undergoing total hip replacement surgery, twice, has enabled me to continue playing golf at a professional level," said three-year Stryker ambassador and two-time hip replacement recipient, Hal Sutton.
Sutton, whose 14 PGA TOUR victories include the 1983 PGA Championship and THE PLAYERS Championship in 1983 and 2000, has been a Stryker brand ambassador since last year. In 2012, at age 54, after speaking with his doctor and learning about the differences in hip replacements, Sutton made the decision to undergo a total left hip replacement and received Stryker's Mobile Bearing Hip™. One year later, he received a matching Stryker Mobile Bearing Hip on the right side.
Stryker is one of the world's leading medical technology companies and together with our customers, we are driven to make healthcare better. The Company offers a diverse array of innovative medical technologies, including reconstructive, medical and surgical, and neurotechnology & spine products to help people lead more active and more satisfying lives. Stryker products and services are available in over 100 countries around the world. For more information, please visit our website at www.stryker.com.
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The PGA TOUR's mission is to entertain and inspire its fans, deliver substantial value to its partners, create outlets for volunteers to give back, generate significant charitable and economic impact in the communities in which it plays, and provide financial opportunities for TOUR players.
Worldwide, PGA TOUR tournaments are broadcast to more than 1 billion households in 225 countries and territories in 32 languages. Virtually all tournaments are organized as non-profit organizations in order to maximize charitable giving. In 2013, tournaments across all Tours generated more than $134 million for local and national charitable organizations and in early 2014 the TOUR's all-time charitable contributions surpassed $2 billion.
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