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Corporal Michael J. Crescenz VAMC

 

Philadelphia VAMC to hold Amputee Veteran Golf Clinic

Veterans will be welcomed at the First Swing Golf Clinic April 20 in South Jersey.

Veterans will be welcomed at the First Swing Golf Clinic April 20 in South Jersey.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Philadelphia VA Medical Center is calling on Veterans to participate in the third Amputee Veterans First Swing Golf Clinic on Wednesday, April 20, at the Indian Spring Country Club in Marlton, N.J. 

The focus of the event is to expose amputee Veterans to a new sport and rehabilitative activity, as well as provide a networking opportunity with fellow Veterans facing similar issues.  Introducing a new sport can provide new opportunities for growth not only physically, but mentally and socially as well. 

The clinic is free of charge and open to any Veteran amputee receiving care at a VA facility.  Participants will be offered educational information as well as hands-on experience in the fundamentals of golf.  PGA professionals will teach basic techniques to first-time golfers and assist experienced golfers in perfecting their current skills. Golfers will also be teamed with VA Rehabilitative Medicine staff members.  Lunch and refreshments will be provided, along with donated door prizes.

The first golf clinic was held in 2008 and has now grown to include two annual events: the First Swing clinic for basic skills and the Next Step clinic scheduled for September.  Organizers expect Veterans from throughout the Delaware Valley and beyond.

Philadelphia VA staff are contacting area amputee Veterans directly.  More information on the clinic is available by contacting Bethany Purdue at 215-823-4507, bethany.purdue@va.gov.  Sponsorship donations are also welcome and interested sponsors are asked to contact Melissa A. Heinlein, Chief, Voluntary Service, at 215-823-5868, melissa.heinlein@va.gov.  

The Philadelphia VAMC provides health care to nearly 60,000 Veterans in Philadelphia and six surrounding counties in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. 

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