A story in Newsday Saturday reported that about half a million dollars had as of that day been raised to help with the medical expenses of Kevin Babington, a popular Irish-born equestrian who suffered a severe spinal cord injury in a fall during the Hampton Classic’s Grand Prix Qualifier class on Aug. 30.
According to Newsday, he “underwent a five-hour surgery at NYU Langone Medical Center [on Sept. 3] to stabilize the bones in his neck. He is out of the cervical collar and hopes to soon come off the ventilator, but is yet unable to walk or speak, his wife, Dianna Babington, said.”
“. . . Dianna Babington says the outpouring of financial and emotional support from all corners of the globe has been overwhelming and has raised Kevin’s spirits. ‘If there is anyone who is going to fight through this, it’s Kevin,’ she said. ‘He is a fighter. He is an athlete. He is a champion.’ ”
Dick Baker said in an email this week that the Amagansett Badminton Club is to begin play Wednesday at the Amagansett School from 7 to 9 p.m. There will also be games — singles and doubles — on Monday evenings. Everyone will be welcomed, said Baker, whose email address is [email protected]. It’s the club’s 39th season.
A mile race sponsored by the Old Montauk Athletic Club and the Amagansett Chamber of Commerce along Bluff Road spanning Indian Wells and Atlantic Avenue Beaches is to be held Saturday, Sept. 21. Registration at the Indian Wells parking lot will be from 7 a.m. The women’s race is to begin at 8, and the men’s at 8:30.