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Local And Regional Organizations Team Up To Offer Special Golf Opportunity For People With Disabilities

(Richmond, Virginia) — Sheltering Arms is kicking off the 2013 golf season with an exciting program designed especially for people with physical disabilities. In partnership with the Hunter Holmes McGuire Veterans Administration Hospital, the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Paralyzed Veterans of America and the Eastern Amputee Golf Association, Sheltering Arms is offering the nationally acclaimed ‘First Swing’ program for individuals right here in central Virginia.

Friday, April 26, 2013
8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Windy Hill Sports Complex
16500 Midlothian Turnpike

Anthony Netto and the Paragolfer®

Anthony Netto and the Paragolfer®

The one-day clinic will bring golf professionals, physical and recreational therapists, and people with physical disabilities together to teach, learn and play golf. Instructors Louis Namm, who lost his legs while serving in Vietnam, and Anthony Netto, who has been confined to a wheelchair for more than a decade, will spend the morning instructing golf and therapy professionals on the basics of teaching adapted golf techniques to people with disabilities. The professionals will then offer driving range clinics and on-the-course assistance for these individuals and their families in the afternoon.

In addition to this personalized instruction, attendees who use wheelchairs for mobility will have the opportunity to try the ParaGolfer®, a device that lifts people from a sitting to standing position in order to participate in a variety of sports. A special clinic for first-time ParaGolfer® users will be held on Thursday, April 25th from 10:00-2:00.

“Programs like the ‘First Swing’ and ‘Learn to Golf’ clinics help us show people hands-on that they can enjoy their favorite recreation and leisure activities, even if illness or injury has limited mobility,” says Alison Clarke, Director of Community Recreation Services at Sheltering Arms. “There are so many adaptive tools and techniques, as well as technological advancements like the ParaGolfer®, that we can use to help people overcome their physical challenges and get back to doing the things they love.”

About Sheltering Arms
Sheltering Arms helps patients find the Power to Overcome the obstacles of illness and injury with a complete range of physical rehabilitation and wellness services.  To learn more about Sheltering Arms’ two hospitals and nine outpatient clinics visit http://www.ShelteringArms.com, call 1-877-56-REHAB, or connect with Sheltering Arms on Facebook. (www.facebook.com/shelteringarms) or Twitter (www.twitter.com/SheltArmsRehab).

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