All of these photos were taken during the Special Olympics Golf Skills class that happens every Tuesday in Chandler, Arizona at Bear Creek Golf Course. The participants range from teens to adults, but everyone has a great time learning to golf. They started out the day on a sand trap practicing chipping the ball over the trap. Next, the group went on to the driving range and they ended the day with a putting challenge.
Editor’s Note: To read more about this refer to my last blog post!
Tuesdays in late September are still in the high 90’s in Arizona, and Arizonians will still golf. But if you happened to be at Bear Creek Golf Course in Chandler, Arizona, on this specific Tuesday you would have seen a group of people on the course that were having more fun than everyone else.
The ages spread from teens to twenties, but they all helped each other and definitely were not afraid to speak their minds. They spent the late afternoon going from the sand trap to the driving range to the putting green.
These people meet everyday Tuesday for a few months for Special Olympics Golf Skills through the City of Chandler and Special Olympics. Many of the kids in involved in this have Autism, and some have Down Syndrome or another type of special need.
Any time you get a group of kids together some will lose focus and their attention span will become shorter and shorter, so naturally this happened at different times throughout the hour and a half. But there was something that sometimes doesn’t happen with kids, they all were there for each other to lend a hand or to give encouragement.
Evan (left) gets encouraging words from Maddie (right) when he gives up.
While the kids are having fun golfing they are learning as well. Their coordination is improving and they get to have time to be social with their friends.
Editor’s Note: Special Olympics has groups all over the United States and anyone can volunteer even if you have never worked with people with special needs before!