Former Memorial Tournament Youth Spirit Award winner now interning with organization

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DUBLIN, OH (WCMH)— Kyle Mitchell says his life has come full circle. The college sophomore is now a division one athlete as a starter for the Marshall University golf team, but that future was not always certain after randomly collapsing while playing basketball when he was in high school. Mitchell was rushed to Nationwide Children’s Hospital and diagnosed with two different heart conditions. He says NCH saved his life— catching something that had been missed by all other doctors for 15 years. 

Mitchell fell in love with golf five years prior to his collapse and subsequent surgeries while at the Memorial Tournament as a kid. Just a few short years later, he received the organization’s Youth Spirit Award. 

“Mr. and Mrs. Nicklaus, they mean the world to me. They really change my life by receiving the Nicklaus Youth Spirit Award.  It opened so many opportunities for me and really got my story out there. It’s cool just to see what they’re doing for kids and kids like me who need help and need the assistance that Nationwide Children’s Hospital can provide,” said Mitchell. 

The Powell native is now interning with the organization’s marketing team. He says it’s just another example of the opportunities provided to him and other kids because of NCH and the money raised for the hospital by the Nicklaus’ and the Memorial Tournament. 

“I get to work with a lot of people that I got to meet through the Legends Luncheon, which is a fundraiser benefiting Nationwide Children’s Hospital,” said Mitchell. “It’s really neat to see how everything came full circle, and now they’re still impacting my life in a different way.”

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