At Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children a key component of our mission is to treat the whole child, not just their medical condition. Learn to Golf is one of the cornerstones of therapeutic recreation here at the hospital. Ten clinics are held at golf courses around the state, where specially trained golf professionals teach our physically challenged patients the fundamentals of the game, including swinging, safety and etiquette.
More than 1,200 patients have reaped the rehabilitative benefits since the program was launched, including some who have gone on to become members of their school golf teams or gotten involved in their local PGA, LPGA and United States Golf Association junior golf programs.
Besides free instruction, participants who don’t own clubs receive a free set. Kids are also eligible for scholarships that provide funding for involvement in local junior golf programs.
Hospital friends such as Gary Pickle, a local instructor and club maker, have helped patients like Dagem Adehena by making specialized clubs paid for by the hospital’s Learn to Golf program. Since participating in the program, Dagem’s passion for golf has continued to grow. Watch as we follow his journey and see what he’s up to today.