This spring, South Florida PGA Professional Mike Richards and his staff administered their third golf program for Parkland Buddy Sports at Parkland Golf and Country Club. Parkland Buddy Sports, Inc is a not for profit organization that offers well-structured sports programs for special needs children and young adults. Regardless of the mental and/or physical diagnosis, the Buddy program welcomes children ages 4 to young adult. The sports programs consist of once weekly (Saturday or Sunday) activities and games. Each player is paired for the entire season with their own “Buddy” who in most instances is a typical student volunteer for an entire season. Every six week the students have the opportunity to learn a new sport from experts in the industry.
As stated above the recent program at Parkland Golf and Country Club lasted six-week, from March 4th– April 8th, and featured eighteen individuals. The individuals participating in the program learned all aspects of game including the long game, short game along with a putting course. Richards and his staff have had the honor of working with Parkland Buddies for three years now, and each year they are humbled by those they able to teach. “This program is changing lives, and I am fortunate to be a part of it. I hope that we have the opportunity to make golf an annual program within their curriculum” says Richards.