Wescott 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 a Veterans Welcome Home Parade.
The one-hour Adaptive Golf Clinic scheduled from 9:30 to 10:30 am will feature world record holder Anthony Netto, who helped design the paramobile device that allows him to stand up and play golf despite his paraplegia. The Clinic will assist Veterans and others with mobility challenges, traumatic brain injuries, and amputations.
The Veterans Welcome Home Parade is scheduled for 11 am and be followed by the singing of the national anthem and a shotgun start for the tournament. All Veterans are welcome to participate in the Parade.
Over 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 respondents, and the Lowcountry disabled community.
As a result of funding from the tournament, the Lowcountry has become one of the most accessible communities in the world for individuals with mobility challenges as the Stand Up and Play Foundation has stationed seven paramobiles in the Charleston area. Last summer, the Lowcountry chapter of the Stand Up and Play Foundation began the HERO Golf Therapy Program and it quickly became one of the largest Adaptive golf programs in the country. HERO is an acronym for Helping Emergency Responders Overcome and the program assists Emergency Responders (and their families), as well as anyone in the community with an injury, illness, or challenge. The monthly clinics regularly include up to 10 individuals with spinal cord injuries or paralysis on one side of their body, numerous individuals with traumatic brain injuries, amputations, or birth defects.
The Chip-In for Veterans tournament also benefits PGA HOPE Charleston and the funds raised from the tournament have helped Charleston become the largest PGA HOPE chapter in the country. PGA HOPE is an acronym for Helping Our Patriots Everywhere and the program is designed to help Veterans reintegrate back into society following 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 being treated for PTSD. Since the Charleston program’s Inception in 2015, more than two doses of Veterans have credited the program for saving their lives.
Schedule of April 12 events at Wescott Golf Club
9: 30-10: 30 am Adaptive Golf Clinic
10: 30-10: 45 am Bagpipes of Branch theme songs
10:45 am Arrival of the Patriot Guard
11:00 am Veterans Welcome Home Parade
11:05 am National Anthem Sung
11:30 am Shotgun Start of Golf Tournament