“Golfing Fore Autism” in Florida
Autism Society of Broward County, Florida, makes friends on the green
July 27, 2011
Do you golf? Middle and high school students with the Autism Society of Broward County (asabroward.org) have been golfing since November 2010 as a part of the program, Golfing Fore Autism. The teens participating have made substantial progress throughout the year in building their self-confidence and improving their social skills. Plus, it’s great opportunity to exercise, make friends and have fun!
The Autism Society of Broward County holds Golfing Fore Autism at the GB Golf Center at Cooper Colony Golf Club in Cooper City, Florida. The class is under the direction of PGA professional Gary Braeseke, or GB as he is known in the golfing community. Gary has been playing golf and teaching in the south Florida area for more than 20 years. Among his many accomplishments are: PGA Southern Chapter “Teacher of the Year”; three-time PGA “Junior Golf Leader of the Year”; Florida High School Golf Coach of the Year; and Golf Range Magazine's "Top 50 Golf Instructors." He has also qualified and played in the Doral-Ryder Open twice with some of golf's all-time greats.
But more importantly to the Autism Society of Broward County, they have found a pro who has embraced the concept of making golf accessible to people with autism. Gary is accepting and understanding of their kids, and has become an awesome adaptive golf teacher. They feel very fortunate to have him teaching their children.
What parents are saying:
“The Golfing Fore Autism clinics are great. The kids feel secure with each other because they are not judging or competing with each other. They socialize, exercise, laugh and learn together in a safe and secure environment at the Beautiful Cooper Colony Golf Club. Gary, the golf professional, is patient and encouraging while teaching this group of kids.”
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