Upstate Carolina Adaptive Golf, a local golf therapy program, hosted a special event today for veterans.
Veterans of all abilities were invited to Top Golf of Greenville to play golf and meet Nicole Clapp, the National President of the American Legion National Auxiliary.
The group regularly hosts events, for veterans, children with special needs, and people who are differently-abled.
Brandon Worley, the executive director of Upstate-Carolina Adaptive Golf, said connection is one of the integral parts of golf therapy.
Worley founded the group in October 2018.
"I had volunteered through my masters program for an intro to golf clinic that was funded through the Georgia State Golf Association. When they were going over the briefing with the volunteers, they were explaining how golf is used as a form of therapy... working with some disabled veterans and some special needs children," Worley said.
That day gave Worley an "Aha!" moment; he founded Upstate-Carolina Adaptive Golf seven days later.
According to their Facebook page, events like the one today are open to able bodied veterans and veterans that may be overcoming physical/cognitive/sensory challenges.
"Our adaptive golf series invites and educates players of all skill on how golf is utilized as a vital element in rehabilitation and a person’s recovery. We will present a full array of common scenarios of physical-mobility issues related to spine/back injury, loss of limb to cognitive and sensory impairments associated with brain injuries, low-vision/blind and more. Coaches approach lessons using safe, effective techniques, and adaptive equipment. Additionally, performing self-adaptations among different scenarios, enhancing a new level of comfort and confidence to teach individuals with different abilities joining us from the community," the page says.
Upcoming events include the EIs for Autism #GameOn Spring Series, for children ages 7-17 who have autism and their siblings.