Beginning February 21st, SFPGA Professional Mike Richards and his staff began teaching 12 individuals the game of golf at Parkland Golf and Country Club through the Parkland Buddy Sports program. 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.
Saturday, March 14th marked the second session of golf for the Parkland Buddies. Richards was impressed with their ability to learn the game so quickly, having them use real clubs after just one session. “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.
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