The California Eagles (Special Olympics) program has been one of our most loved programs since its inception in 1986. This program annually brings over 100 young people and adults with Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, autism, and other special needs or disabilities out to the golf course 25 weeks per year.
ADAPTIVE PHYSICAL EDUCATION
The students attending this class have physical and/or mental disabilities. They all have the potential to be productive adult members of our society. Through their lessons at school, in therapies and this program they are preparing to live as independently as possible, hold a job in the future and feel empowered to set and achieve goals for their lives.
SWING CLUB FOR THE BLIND
Each weekly outing includes nine holes of golf, preceded by a short review lesson in golf fundamentals given by a staff member of First Tee. During the round, each player is accompanied by a sighted volunteer who assists in lining up the golfer, and provides information about distance and direction. Play is alternate shot by the player and a volunteer. The club has averaged 15-20 players and 25-30 volunteers annually.
ELS FOR AUTISM
We have partnered with the Els for Autism #GameON Autism™ Golf program to provide evidence-based practices for teaching golf to people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The goal of the program is for participants to achieve their individual golf successes, build confidence and self-esteem, in a fun, welcoming and supportive environment.
Michael Firpo – Director of Programs
Email: [email protected]
Office: (916) 486-6220