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SEATTLE – (Aug. 1, 2014) —Opportunity awaits individuals with a disability who’ve wanted to play golf but felt they could not or were unable. Their opportunity is the fifth annual Boeing Classic Adaptive Golf Clinic from 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 19, at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge.

Registration for the golf clinic is free but only a few available slots remain for participants. The deadline to register is 3 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 6. 

The Adaptive Golf Clinic, sponsored by the Boeing Classic and Virginia Mason Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department, strives to bring the game of golf to people with any type of disability. It offers:

  • Hands-on instruction that pairs participants with a teaching pro and recreational therapist
  • Putting lesson and practice
  • Instruction in methods of grip, stance and swing
  • Demonstrations of adapted golf devices and equipment

“For individuals who have been prevented or discouraged from playing golf, this will be the day to begin overcoming those barriers,” said Barbara Bond-Howard, a recreational therapist at Virginia Mason. “They can learn about adaptive techniques, be introduced to innovative equipment by golf instructors and therapists, and have fun being part of a wonderful, exciting sport.”

For registration information, email barbara.bond-howard@vmmc.org or call (206) 341-0561 by 3 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 6.

Other sponsors of the Adaptive Golf Clinic include First Swing Clinic, Friends of American Lake Veterans Golf Course, National Amputee Golf Association, Disabled American Veterans Charitable Trust Fund, Professional Golfers Association, and the Western Amputee Golf Association.

About Virginia Mason
Virginia Mason, founded in 1920, is a nonprofit regional health care system in Seattle that serves the Pacific Northwest. Virginia Mason employs 6,000 people and includes a 336-bed acute-care hospital; a primary and specialty care group practice of more than 460 physicians; regional medical centers throughout the Puget Sound area; and Bailey-Boushay House, the first skilled-nursing and outpatient chronic care management program in the U.S. designed and built specifically to meet the needs of people with HIV/AIDS. Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason is internationally recognized for its breakthrough autoimmune disease research. Virginia Mason was the first health system to apply lean manufacturing principles to health care delivery to eliminate waste, lower cost, and improve quality and patient safety.

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Media Contact:
Gale Robinette
Virginia Mason Media Relations
(206) 341-1509
gale.robinette@vmmc.org

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