Stryker Orthopaedics kicks off its fifth consecutive year as the "Official Joint Replacement Products of the PGA TOUR® and PGA TOUR Champions" this week with an appearance at the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard in Orlando, Fla., starting Thursday and culminating Sunday with a ceremony to support K9s For Warriors as Stryker sponsors its sixteenth service canine since 2015.
Throughout the season, Stryker will continue to advance its mission to educate golf fans about the importance of joint health with a revamped Mobility Zone, featuring an enhanced Accuracy Challenge and interactive experience of Stryker's Mako Technology.
As the premiere feature of The Mobility Zone, the new Accuracy Challenge will invite visitors to take a shot at surgery with a hands-on experience introducing Art H. Ritis, a life-size model that aims to provide tournament-goers a basic understanding of joint replacement surgery and Stryker's Mako Technology. The revamped Mobility Zone allows visitors to speak with local surgeons to further understand potential treatment options for joint pain.
"We are excited to kick off our fifth season of PGA TOUR sponsorship with our new Mobility Zone and the 2018 Accuracy Challenge," said Stuart Simpson, President, Stryker's Joint Replacement Division. "Our Mako Technology is changing the game for orthopaedic surgery and we look forward to showcasing it for golf fans who may have hip or knee pain. Stryker is dedicated to educating consumers across the nation about joint health and treatment options."
As a continuation of a successful relationship that began in 2015, Stryker will extend its collaboration with K9s For Warriors, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing service canines to military veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disability, traumatic brain injury or other military trauma as a result of military service post 9/11. Since 2015, Stryker has provided 15 service canines to veterans suffering from PTSD. In 2018 alongside K9s For Warriors, Stryker will continue to give a new leash on life to military heroes by sponsoring service canines and empowering warriors to return to civilian life with dignity and independence. Fans at tournaments can also stop by The Mobility Zone to support the cause by purchasing the same hat that PGA TOUR professional and longtime brand ambassador, Fred Funk wears on TOUR. With each purchase, Stryker will make a donation to the K9s For Warriors organization.
To further encourage and motivate tournament goers to stay active on the course, Stryker will host the Health Walk at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. The Health Walk is an additional, ongoing initiative the company offers at select TOUR events, providing insightful health tips and facts along the course for fans to follow as they watch rounds of golf.
For additional information on the Stryker Accuracy Challenge as well as K9s For Warriors involvement, please visit: www.patients.stryker.com.
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 products and services in Orthopaedics, Medical and Surgical, and Neurotechnology and Spine that help improve patient and hospital outcomes. Stryker is active in over 100 countries around the world.
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