On Wednesday, April 13th at the Haggin Oaks driving range, the American Heart Association, the Haggin Oaks team and the NCPGA joined forces for their annual Savings Strokes event. Saving Strokes is a Rehabilitation Through Golf Program for Stroke Survivors and their caregivers. Stroke Survivors are paired with PGA professionals to either be introduced to the game of golf or reintroduced to an “old friend”. It provides both survivors and caregivers an opportunity to network with people who share similar interests and experiences. The event was free and included a complimentary 30 minute lesson with a golf professional, a caregiver comfort green and lunch for all who attended.
Saving Strokes empowers stroke victors by illustrating that disabilities need not stop them from playing – or learning – golf. Indeed golf can improve their strength and flexibility and provide a valuable social outlet for them and their caregiver. Working in conjunction with the local PGA and holding these events on community golf courses has created new venues for stroke awareness. As a result, local government entities have embraced the concept as part of their disabled sports strategy and widespread media attention has been created.”
“I think the greatest part about these clinics is not just the wonderful commitment by the organizers and Golf Pros but the end result…individuals having the opportunity to resume their passion for golf, others trying golf for the first time after a stroke, and still others enjoying a day meeting new people who have experienced similar challenges…but all having a great time in beautiful setting!” – Mary Allen – PT & Saving Strokes Participant