Marianjoy's First Youth Golf Camp Introduces the Game to Youngsters With Physical Disabilities
June 30, 2008, Wheaton, IL — For years, Marianjoy has used golf with adult patients as a way to develop and maintain flexibility and range of motion. This year a new program was added for younger fans of the game.
The first Marianjoy Youth Golf Camp was held in June at Oak Meadows Golf Course in Addison, Illinois. Marianjoy therapists and golf pros led a week of one-hour sessions to introduce youngsters to the game and find a way for each of them to participate, no matter what physical disability they may have. This program was funded in part by a $20,000 matching grant from the USGA.
“The game of golf is a leisure skill that can be enjoyed with family and is a great way for kids with disabilities to interact with peers,” according to Tracy Ekstrom, Marianjoy Therapeutic Recreation Specialist and coordinator of the Marianjoy Therapeutic Golf Program. Another week-long camp will be held at Oak Meadows August 4 through 7; more information and a registration form are available on Marianjoy’s website.
WGN-TV’s Rich King came out to cover the program and interview the instructors. A link to the story can also be found on Marianjoy’s website.
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