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Saturday, April 29, 2017
Freedom Golf Association Hosts Annual Golf Outing at Cog Hill June 9,2017 (Lemont,IL.)
Freedom Golf Association Hosts Annual Golf Outing
at Cog Hill June 9 Event highlights group's achievements in making golf
a reality for people with special needs
Illinois' growing momentum in advancing the adaptive golf movement,
which makes playing golf a reality for persons with special needs, will
be on center stage Friday, June 9 at the Freedom Golf Association Annual
Golf Outing at Cog Hill Golf & Country Club in Lemont, Illinois.
The Annual Golf Outing teams up special needs golfers with able-bodied
golfers and serves as an inspiring showcase for the great strides that
have been made in the adaptive golf movement. An estimated 200 people-50 foursomes-are expected to participate in this
annual tournament, described as a "fun gathering of FGA friends" that
is organized by the Freedom Golf Association. Able-bodied and special
needs golfers from the Chicagoland area, age 10 and above, are encouraged
to take part in this tournament, organized as a shotgun, best ball
tournament played on Cog Hill's #2 course (Ravines).
tournament registration and warmup period runs from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30
a.m. After announcements at 7:45 a.m., the shotgun tournament begins at 8
a.m. Following the tournament, a cocktail
reception, awards ceremony and luncheon begin at approximately 2 p.m. If
the weather is inclement and the tournament is cancelled, rain checks
for play at Cog Hill will be distributed, or a new date will be
announced at the event.
Individuals can join a foursome (four able-bodied golfers plus a
special needs golfer) for $200; full foursome packages are available for
$700. The reception, awards ceremony and luncheon is included in the
price. Those who would like to cheer on the golfers from the gallery and
attend the reception and lunch can reserve their seat for $50. There
will be raffle awards, event awards, plus a live and silent auction.
Volunteers are welcome! Anyone who wishes to help run the tournament June 9 should call FGA at 630-455-6018.
Understanding Adaptive Golf Adaptive
golf is the term that encompasses a growing number of local, state and
national initiatives to make golf available to persons who have
physical, intellectual, or sensory challenged individuals. Included
among these are "wounded veterans," many of whom suffer from PTSD.
make it possible for people with disabilities to play golf, a variety
of adaptive strategies have been adopted. Among them are Single Rider
carts for the non-ambulatory, adaptive golf clubs, golf courses that
have been made more accessible, changes in rules as written by the USGA.
Golf swings, grips, and prosthetics may be also needed to allow the
disabled to play the game.
On a national level, the United States Adaptive Golf Alliance
(USAGA) was formed in 2014. Presently there are 17 chapters across
United States, speaking with one voice, and bringing adaptive golf to
over 10,000 disabled individuals annually, of which approximately 23%
are wounded veterans.
An Opportunity for Sponsorship According to the 2010 U.S. Census, there are 57 million disabled
persons in the country. 18 million of them want to play golf, according
to the PGA Foundation. This makes supporting organizations such as
Freedom Golf Association very attractive and rewarding for
organizations, as there is a large number of potential golfers among
those with special needs. The growth of the adaptive golf movement
underscores the need for more funds to support these types of programs. FGA
receives support from thousands of donors. Major golf and
sports-related companies and organizations who have supported FGA
include FootJoy, Titleist, Bridgestone, Ahead,
Under Armour, BMW Championship, Encompass Champions Tour, and the Tiger
Woods Foundation. Corporate sponsors and partners include Hinsdale Bank
& Trust, Molex, Comcast, AlphaGraphics, Rytech, Buddig, RIC, GE
Capital and, ATI. Foundations that support FGA include Amvets, the First
Non-profit Foundation, the National Alliance for Accessible Golf, Wadsworth Golf Charities Foundation, Kids Golf Foundation, and The First
Tee of Greater Chicago. Golf facilities that partner with FGA include
Cog Hill Golf & Country Club, Downers Grove Golf Club, Naperbrook
Golf Course, Meadowlark Forest Preserve Golf, Rich Harvest Farms, White
Pines Golf Dome, MQ's Golf Dome, Buffalo Grove Golf & Sports Center,
and River Bend Golf Club. FGA works with corporations and organizations to tailor their
support. FGA acknowledges sponsors through website exposure, media,
newsletter and more. For more information about sponsorship
opportunities, please contact Sally Ruecking, Director of Development
and Personnel, by email or by telephone at 630-455-6018.
About Freedom Golf Association Freedom Golf Association (FGA), a 501(C)3 non-profit organization,
is the leading adaptive golf organization in Illinois and is a charter
member of the United States Adaptive Golf Alliance. FGA was founded in
July 2012 by Edmund (E.Q.) Sylvester. E.Q. is a director of the Western
Golf Association (WGA), member of the United States Senior Golf
Association (USSGA), and a triple amputee. FGA is dedicated to bringing
joy and a sense of freedom to the special needs community through their
inclusion in the game of golf.
FGA believes that all special needs individuals deserve a chance to
accomplish the same things as any others do and work towards bringing a
positive transformation to their lives. FGA contributes to the positive
development of those with special needs through the magic of golf.
FGA works to assist individuals with disabilities in many ways:
Provides professionally run instructional clinics and golf events
Engages children, adults and veterans with special needs in FREE golf instruction with other classmates
Conducts adaptive golf training workshops to increase the
number of qualified golf coaches to instruct individuals with special
Provides leadership and collaboration with nationally recognized organizations on how to expand/grow adaptive golf programs
Based on its growing understanding of the needs of disabled golfers,
the FGA has developed a ground-breaking Adaptive Golf Enhancement
Program™ that increases the golfing ability of special needs golfers.
FGA's golf coaches learn this six-step process, which helps them to
better understand and enhance the capabilities of special needs golfers.
To assist coaches and special needs golfers in determining what
adaptive measures would be most beneficial, FGA recently invested in
what they call a "personal swing sensors and computerized program" to 1)
measure the disabled golfer's initial swing path and limitations; 2)
develop an appropriate exercise program to improve flexibility and range
of motion; and 3) to chart the golfer's progress, using the initial
swing measurements as a baseline.
In 2016, FGA provided more
than 1,300 adaptive golf lessons. In the same year, 110 special needs
golfers went out and played on the course. Ten individuals became
trained FGA Adaptive Golf Coaches, growing the total number to 42.
79 cents out of every dollar received goes to FGA's special needs
golf programs and events. FGA has helped 40 Chicagoland courses become
accessible to the disabled community.