Paralyzed Veterans Open House

Teaching People with Disabilities the game of golf at the Paralyzed Veterans Open House.

This past Thursday was the Michigan Paralyzed Veterans of America Open House in Novi, MI. Did you know they help anyone with a disability and not just veterans? Neither did we, but they do. Maybe you need a walker, a cane, or a wheel chair - give them a call and they can possibly find one in their loan closet.

The staff at MPVA was very gracious and invited the Simple World of Golf to set up our very unique equipment called SNAG (Starting New At Golf) at their open house. The clubs are brightly colored and over-sized. You hit Velcro tennis balls to different Velcro targets and we use various training aids to teach the golf swing. Two of the more popular training aides we use are the Snaga-Zoo and the Snapper, a long red ribbon attached to a 5-sided, molded grip. Learning the golf swing has never been easier or more fun.

We were very lucky to offer instruction to a number of people with various disabilities. For all of them this was the first time they had ever tried golf and many of them got hooked from the very first swing. The best part of my job as an instructor is seeing the smiles and the sheer joy when a student gets the ball air born for the very first time. This was a unique opportunity to work with paralyzed veterans and individuals with disabilities who never knew hitting a golf ball from a wheel chair was possible. It was a very special day for my wife and I.

I also need to thank two very special people who gave up their day to help with instruction. Justin Comstock, a board member of the Millman N.R.G. Foundation - No Restrictions Golf was a tremendous help in every way.  And Alan Vosko who so generously donated his day to help in any way he could, including holding the Velcro bulls-eye target and had people hit balls at him. It was a great day for all and one that we will remember for a long, long time.  There are many pictures and videos up on our Facebook page if you would like to see for yourself the smiles that were produced on this great day.

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