|Brad loves hitting driver!|
While helping one of our regular junior golfers during a recent junior golf clinic, we were joined by a therapist who wanted to mix therapy and golf. This is certainly nothing new as golf has been incorporated into therapy plans since we began the golf program on May 10, 2011. About halfway through our session, I heard the therapist say, "I don't believe it. I've never seen that before." What happened that prompted that reply? Our junior golfer made eye contact with me and signed "play more." I don't know sign language, but have learned enough to know exactly what was said to me so we did just what was requested -- teed up another golf ball and kept playing!
|Abbey loved "Golfday" during her time at Ranken Jordan!|
Throughout our 325+ (and still counting) golf clinics there have been many instances where any number of people said something similar to "I don't believe what I just saw." Several of those stories I have written about in detail in other blog posts. There was the time I looked at Janine Roe, Community Program Director at Ranken Jordan, and said "did you see that?" as one of our most dedicated junior golfers reached over from her wheelchair and raked the next golf ball onto her mat to hit. Or how about the time Dakota told us golf was "stupid and boring" prior to finally picking up a putter and making 20 consecutive 5 foot putts? Maybe watching Cooper progress from hitting golf balls out of his hospital bed, then from his wheelchair, on to his walker and then with no aid. Of course who could forget watching junior golfers like AJ, Drew, May, CC, and Brad stand for the first time to hit golf balls! That certainly elicited the aforementioned response!
|Not sure who is getting the putting lesson!|
|CC showing off her new glove|