The Medical Foundation of Chattanooga is hosting a new event, Strike Out, to support its Project Access program, on Saturday, July 13 from 2-4 p.m. at Spare Time Bowling in Hixson. "Strike Out is a fun way for families, groups of friends or co-workers and other groups to hit the lanes while helping more than one-thousand area physicians provide free specialty medical care through Project Access," organizers said. "Strike Out includes not only a bowling tournament with prizes and awards for top teams and top bowlers, but also a trivia event with its own prizes."
Tickets for Strike Out are $50/bowler or $200/team of 4. All bowlers will receive a Strike Out t-shirt with their ticket purchase. Bowlers can register at https://one.bidpal.net/strikeout/welcome.
“All bowlers are welcome,” Medical Foundation CEO Rae Bond said. “Teams and individuals of all skill levels are invited to join us for a day of great fun and friendly competition. At this bowling tournament, everyone’s a winner because we are all helping the disadvantaged residents of our community get the health care they need but cannot afford.”
"Project Access coordinates medical care through its network of physicians, area hospitals, laboratories, physical therapy centers and many other health care providers for patients who often fall in between the cracks of the system," officials said. "Many work two or more part-time jobs with no benefits offered but cannot afford to purchase health insurance while being told they make too much money to receive TennCare benefits. Project Access has provided $185 million in charity health care to the working poor since its inception in April 2004. Since the program began, over 19,500 individuals have been evaluated for eligibility. Each month an average of 500 patients are actively receiving care or finalizing enrollment. Those who do not qualify for the program are referred to other appropriate community resources and programs."