Leave alone the fact that golf is a favorite past-time of a key Health & Wellness Channel demographic, one thing everyone can agree on, regardless of your affinity for chasing a little white ball around sprawling pastures, is that inspiring stories of people overcoming adversity is something we are all a fan of. And at HWC we're delighted to have been able to document one of the most inspirational stories in recent memory.
For the past 30-plus months the Health & Wellness Channel has been following Ken Green on his remarkable attempt at a sporting comeback. If you don't know the story of Ken, it is a heartbreaking one. A 5-time winner on the PGA Tour and Ryder Cup team member in 1989, Green was driving back from an event on the Senior Tour in 2009 when his RV blew a tire causing the vehicle to go over a small cliff in Mississippi. The crash killed his wife, brother and his beloved dog Nip, and left him with severe injuries including a mangled right leg which was later amputated just below the knee. Six months later Green's son died unexpectedly of a drug overdose in college.
As an attempt to pick up his shattered life, eighteen months later Ken was back on the golf course- it was the only solace to a life that was otherwise unrecognizable from just a half year earlier. Health & Wellness founder Drew Nederpelt stumbled upon Ken's story two and a half years ago and was shocked that no one was telling it. It was equal parts tragedy (probably more than equal parts), heartbreak and inspiration. Since that meeting the Health & Wellness Channel has been following Ken Green as he attempts to make his comeback on the PGA Tour, which has been an uphill struggle as documented in this great article written by Nederpelt for Health & Wellness Magazine.
Ken is trying to play in as many tournaments as he can these days, not for himself but to provide inspiration to those who might doubt their capabilities after facing their own challenges and obstacles in life. Ken's belief is that if he can do this, so can you. He recently returned from the Encompass Championship in Chicago where HWC was there documenting his golf and his outreach. He was profiled on ABC 7 and was a guest on Good Day Chicago on Fox. On his day off he traveled to Evanston Hospital to visit with patients in the rehabilitation ward. No one else on the Senior PGA Tour spends as much time off the golf course in the communities he visits as Ken Green. Golf is no longer his livelihood but it remains his passion and he hopes to inspire those who feel that the odds in life are stacked against them. As one volunteer at the Encompass Championship remarked, "Geez, I'm complaining that I have to have my knee replaced. I'll stop complaining now."
Ken's story is ongoing. The third act hasn't yet been written, but the Health & Wellness Channel will be there as we take you inside the story of Ken Green in the docu-series One Leg at a Time, to begin airing on HWC beginning January 2017.
GREEN AT THE ENCOMPASS CHAMPIONSHIP IN CHICAGO, JULY 2015
GREEN IS ALWAYS A FAVORITE WITH FANS
A STORY IN ITSELF, GREEN WRESTLED AN ALLIGATOR TO SAVE HIS DOG, WHO WOULD EVENTUALLY BE KILLED IN THE ACCIDENT THAT TOOK HIS LEG
GREEN AND NEDERPELT (BACK RIGHT) AT THE EVANSTON HOSPITAL ON HIS DAY OFF FROM THE ENCOMPASS CHAMPIONSHIP