The Westcott Golf Club will host three special events on April 12.
Prior to its annual Chip-In for Veterans Charity Classic tournament, the club will host an Adaptive Golf Clinic and Veterans Welcome Parade.
The one-hour adaptive golf clinic scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. will feature world record holder Anthony Netto, who helped design the paramobile device that allows him to stand and play golf golf despite his paraplegia. The clinic will help veterans and others with mobility issues, traumatic brain injuries and amputations.
The Veterans’ Welcome Parade is scheduled for 11 a.m., followed by the singing of the national anthem and the tournament starting gun. All veterans are invited to participate in the parade.
For the past seven years, the Chip-In for Veterans Charity Classic hosted by the Capstone Foundation (Hardee’s) has helped Charleston become the model community for adaptive golf therapy. The tournament benefits both the Stand Up and Play Foundation as well as PGA HOPE Charleston and has had a profound effect on the quality of life for veterans, emergency responders and the Lowcountry disability community.
With funding from the tournament, the Lowcountry has become one of the most accessible communities in the world for people with disabilities, as the Stand Up and Play Foundation has parked seven paramobiles in the Charleston area. Last summer, the Lowcountry Chapter of the Stand Up and Play Foundation launched the HERO Golf Therapy program and it has quickly become one of the largest adaptive golf programs in the country. HERO stands for Helping Emergency Responders Overcome and the program helps emergency responders (and their families), as well as anyone in the community with an injury, illness or challenge. Monthly clinics regularly include up to 10 people with spinal cord injuries or paralysis on one side of their body, many with traumatic brain injuries, amputations or birth defects.
The Chip-In for Veterans Tournament also benefits PGA HOPE Charleston and funds raised through the tournament have helped Charleston become the largest PGA HOPE chapter in the nation. PGA HOPE stands for Helping Our Patriots Everywhere and the program is designed to help veterans reintegrate into society after military service. Locally, Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center is the second largest VA in the Southeast and currently 75,000 veterans are being treated for some form of disability, including 28,000 for PTSD. Since the Charleston program’s inception in 2015, more than two dozen veterans have credited the program with saving their lives.
Westcott Golf Club April 12 Event Schedule
9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Adapted golf clinic
10:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Bagpipes of Branch Theme Songs
10:45 a.m. Arrival of the Patriot Guard
11:00 a.m. Veterans Welcome Parade
11:05 a.m. national anthem sung
11:30 a.m. Shotgun Golf tournament begins