Kearney, NE – The game of golf can be challenging for people that experience a wide range of disabilities. From seniors who struggle with walking to Veteran’s missing limbs, the SoloRider has made a huge impact on making the game more inclusive while keeping many of these individuals on the golf course. The SoloRider is the leading single rider adaptive golf cart in the world and both Kearney and Omaha now have access to one.
Last week, PGA REACH Nebraska presented a SoloRider to the Kearney community during a presentation at Meadowlark Hills Golf Course. PGA REACH Nebraska, the charitable arm of the Nebraska Section PGA, grew their roots into Kearney last year when they began a PGA HOPE program within the community. PGA HOPE introduces golf to Veterans to enhance their physical, mental, social and emotional well-being through a 6–7 week program. All PGA HOPE programming is fully funded by PGA REACH Nebraska and PGA REACH. It is offered at NO COST for military veterans.
Many of the Veterans that have graduated the PGA HOPE program experience challenges on the golf course due to their own disabilities. PGA REACH Nebraska recognized the impact SoloRider’s can have on a community after they purchased and donated one to city of Omaha (home of their inaugural PGA HOPE program) in 2019. The newly purchased SoloRider will be housed at Meadowlark Hills GC with the ability to move it around the city at other facilities.
“The SoloRider is an incredible asset for the Kearney community and we are grateful for PGA REACH Nebraska and what they do across our state. Thanks to them, golf can now be played and enjoyed by individuals with disabilities in our community,” says Dave James, PGA, General Manager of Meadowlark Hills GC.
If you’re in the Kearney area and you would benefit from the use of the SoloRider, be sure to reach out to Meadowlark Hills GC with it being available to everyone. If you would like to support PGA REACH Nebraska, they will be running a fundraising event on August 19th at Kearney Country Club. All proceeds go to support all PGA REACH programs including PGA HOPE, Golf N Schools, PGA Jr. League, Clubs FORE Youth, scholarships and more. Please reach out to any local PGA Professional to learn more on how to support golf in the Kearney Community.
About PGA REACH Nebraska
PGA REACH Nebraska is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization and the charitable arm of the Nebraska Section PGA. PGA REACH Nebraska is program based and supported by the Nebraska Section PGA Golf Professionals. PGA REACH Nebraska’s mission is to positively impact lives through the game of golf. The Foundation has 3 core pillars of focus: Military, Youth and Inclusion. Each pillar is supported by programs that are executed to carry out our mission. The following are members of PGA REACH Nebraska’s Board of Directors; Tony Pesavento, PGA, Nathan Kalin, PGA, Gil Russell, PGA, Dawn, Neujahr, PGA, Mike Schuchart, PGA, Kevin Drew, PGA, David Honnens, PGA, Anthony Driscoll, PGA, Al Peterson lll, PGA, Mike Mackintosh, Thomas Kelley, Doug Patterson, Chris Ober and Bethany Clark.
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