“Fun, fun and more fun” was the theme of the second Annual Freedom Golf Association Invitational held at Maryville Academy in Des Plaines, IL on Saturday, March 1. FGA is a non-profit organization that brings joy and a sense of freedom to individuals with special needs through the game of golf.
More than 100 participants gathered for the indoor event, including 40 young adults with special needs, 40 youths from the Illinois Junior Golf Association and 20 PGA professionals and volunteers. Beginners as well as experienced adaptive golfers enjoyed the day, which was filled with team building, skills development and in many cases, new found confidence, and love for the game of golf.
“It was heartwarming to see so many special needs individuals, young and old, discovering the therapeutic, rehabilitative and social benefits of golf at our Invitational. It’s a game anyone can play!”said Edmund Q. Sylvester, an avid golfer who founded FGA after becoming a triple amputee in 2011. “There are more than 18 million physically disabled individuals in this country who want to play golf, and I am proud that FGA’s mission is to provide this professional help through teaching clinics, alignment with local golf courses and strategic alliances with golf organizations and special needs national rehabilitation institutes.”
The event was led by PGA Professional Juan Espejo II, who facilitated the set-up and participation of the 20 PGA Professionals. Carrie Williams, Executive Director of the Illinois Junior Golf Association, coordinated the attendance of the junior golfers and volunteers. Also participating were 10 children from The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center in Chicago, who were learning to become caddies for the upcoming golf season.
“We’re grateful to all who made the event possible and we’re already looking forward to next year’s event,” said Sylvester.
About Freedom Golf Association: FGA is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing joy and a sense of freedom to special needs individuals through their inclusion in the game of golf. The organization brings golf instruction and awareness of adaptive golf to special needs individuals by partnering with organizations and facilities that help the disabled and promote the game of golf. For more information, call 855-FGA-4-GOLF ((855-342-4465) or visit fgagolf.com or https://www.facebook.com/FGA4Golf.