April 8, 2010
Adaptive Golf Challenge Raises More than $10,000 for Walton Foundation Programs
Augusta, GA—Twenty-four adaptive golfers competed alongside fifty-three community golfers in this year’s State Farm Adaptive Golf Challenge, presented by the Walton Foundation, and raised more than $10,000 for foundation programs.
The 6th annual fund-raiser, which took place on Monday, April 5, supports Camp TBI (To Be Independent), a week-long summer camp offered free to children and young adults ages 8 to 21 who have sustained traumatic brain injuries, and the free monthly adaptive golf program, which provides specially designed equipment, volunteer golf coaches, as well as an all-access pass to three local courses to help those 15 and older with acquired disabilities learn or return to the game of golf. “Funds raised this year will enable up to 10 children to attend Camp TBI or up to 36 adults to enjoy the game of golf through Walton’s monthly adaptive golf program,” said Leslie Glass, Vice President of Development at Walton Foundation for Independence.
The adaptive golf challenge is also an awareness builder. A golfer with a physical disability is teamed with three community golfers, who are able to experience the abilities of those with physical disabilities.
This year’s event kicked off with Augusta Mayor Deke Copenhaver presenting 1970 Masters Champion Billy Casper with a proclamation naming it Billy Casper Day in Augusta; recognition of adaptive golf challenge honorary chair, Augusta native and Champions Tour golfer Jim Dent; as well as a trick and precision golf demonstration by nationally recognized golfers with disabilities.
Sponsors of this year’s event included State Farm, the United States Golf Association, Walton Foundation, News12, Allen-Batchelor Construction, Inc., Cells for Life, LTD, Creel Harison Foundation, Dawson, Taylor and Company Insurance, Georgia Bank and Trust, Medequip Healthcare, Pharmacare Services, Sodexo, Trattoria Sotto Sotto Restaurante, United Technology Group and Wachovia.
For more information on how to support or participate in Walton Foundation’s monthly adaptive golf program or Camp TBI, call 706-826-5809.
Media Contact: Danielle Wong Moores, Public Relations Specialist, 706-434-0150.
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