Veterans Adaptive Sports has partnered with The First Tee Palm Beaches (FTPB) to conduct all of our golf related activities. Thanks to a grant from Sikorsky through The Honda Classic we are able to provide golf instruction and play to all disabled veterans at no cost. All equipment, golf clubs and accessories are provided. For more information, go to Contact Us and submit your request. Our long term goal is to provide golf all year round for disabled veterans and establish a buddy system involving all veterans.
The FTPB originated in 1988 as the Children’s Golf Foundation serving young people with disabilities. Subsequently, their First Tee Chapter was established with the support of the Michael B. Finnegan Foundation, the PGA of America and The Honda Classic. The FTPB operates a 12-acre golf facility that includes a par 3 course, hitting tee, and chipping and putting short game areas located very near the VA Medical Center on Blue Heron Road. Programs are taught by PGA and LPGA instructors. Golf lessons, golf clubs and equipment, and balls are provided at no cost to the new veteran golfers. Each veteran is encouraged to play golf regularly at The First Tee course and other courses sponsoring our program.
The FTPB also has a Paramobile which was specifically designed for disabled golfers. With its strong chassis frame, the Paramobile can cope with gradients of up to 30 degrees and sideways inclinations of about 17 degrees. The design allows for an absolutely secure footing in any position.
The therapeutic benefits of the golf game for physically limited players are immense. It stimulates the metabolism, stretches the muscles, reduces spasticity and enhances the mobility of joints. The all-terrain Paramobile with its patented stand-up device combines practical know-how with innovative ideas for maximum playing fun. Its unequaled stability when the golfer is hitting the ball enables performance that is comparable to those of non-disabled players.
Thanks to this piece of equipment, wheelcair users are discovering a new and unimagined level of freedom and independence. Being able to stand up boosts self-esteem – one can finally stand up and face others at eye level – and in addition has a therapeutic effect. It promotes circulation and digestion, stretches tendons and ligaments, reduces spasticity and prevents joints seizing up.
For more information, visit The First Tee of the Palm Beaches.