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MAGIC - Manitoba Adaptive Golf Initiative Coalition
Getting Back to Golf...
"Tears of joy! There were no words to describe how I felt the day I was back outside at Larters Golf Course with my best buddies, especially Butch who works tirelessly to make sure I would be back golfing. With the support of my family and friends, the Adaptive Golf Cart was a major part of my rehabilitation. Now we will try to help others to discover the same joys and freedom!"
"When my friend Harold first became disabled, I not only felt shock and disbelief but a great sense of helplessness. Participating with him in adaptive golf became a way for us to work together on a common goal - to enjoy golfing together again as we did before his disability. I'm sure the friends and families of other mobility impaired golfers would also benefit from this experience. Adaptive golf is a win-win for all involved not just the affected individual."
Adapting Golf to Suit Your Needs
Whether you are an experienced golfer or are looking to begin playing golf, your decision to play shouldn't be based on whether you have a disability. MAGIC encourages golfers of all abilities to play the game of golf.
According to the National Alliance for Accessible Golf, one's grip, stance and swing all impact one's ability to play successfully. People living with mobility impairments, loss of limb function, limited strength or endurance, visual impairments, hearing impairments or cognitive impairments can use adaptations or modifications to improve their golf game.
Focusing on improving the fundamentals of golf is the best way to improve your score on the golf course.
How can you learn more about adaptive golf?
Contact MAGIC - MAGIC has developed numerous resources on adaptive golf, adaptive golf aids, golf course accessibility and adaptive golf teaching strategies. Contact information can be found at the bottom of this page.
Search Online - Type in search words such as "golfers with disabilities", "accessible golf" or "adapted golf" you will be able to find lots of information, photos, and videos about people with disabilities playing golf and programs that are available.
MAGIC's Adaptive Golf Cart:
An Adaptive Golf Cart allows a person to golf while remaining seated on the golf cart. This golf option may help people overcome mobility issues, improve balance or conserve energy levels. MAGIC's adaptive golf cart has the following features:
To try out or learn more about the adaptive golf cart available, feel free to phone MAGIC. MAGIC members can meet with you to discuss your return to golf.
Adaptive Golf Equipment
MAGIC has developed resources on alternative adaptive equipment that will to enhance one's abilities on the golf course. Examples of adaptive golf equipment include:
These assistive devices may be helpful for people who have limited joint movement, decreased energy levels, decreased strength, pain or other concerns.
Please contact MAGIC with any questions you may have regarding the purchase or use of these devices.
Magic is a non-profit organization working to enhance the lives of the mobility impaired and seniors by promoting adaptive golf to improve their physical, mental, social and emotional well being.
The primary mission of MAGIC is to make the game of golf more accessible to the disabled community and the senior community. Through development of resources on adaptive golf equipment and adaptive golf education, MAGIC aims to encourage everyone to pursue their interest in golf!
How MAGIC Started:
Harold Swick and Butch Hochman are long time golfing buddies. Four years ago, Harold developed an infection on his spine which left his legs paralyzed. Doctors told Harold, he would never walk again. Butch recognized how his friend's well being had changed and was determined to support his return to golf. Butch and Harold approached Peter Ewert at Larters at St. Andrews about the prospect of adaptive golf. Peter financially purchased an adaptive golf cart which would allow Harold to return to golf. After obtaining community sponsorship and after building working relationships with community members and professionals, the Manitoba Adaptive Golf Initiation Coalition (MAGIC) began to form. A grant from the Winnipeg Foundation repaid Peter's funding. MAGIC now is striving to promote adaptive golf in Manitoba for people of all abilities.
To find out more about MAGIC resources or to become involved with MAGIC, phone Butch Hochman at 229-5879 or Harold Swick at 228-1212.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your questions, stories or comments.
Find MAGIC on Facebook by searching: Manitoba Adaptive Golf Initiative Coalition.
If you are interested in joining the coalition or sponsoring the program to promote adaptive golf in Manitoba we are interested in hearing from you.
Additional Adaptive Golf Resources:
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