Wednesday, October 27, 2010
A local non-profit program is trying to get injured troops and veterans back into the swing of things. It's all about the game of golf.
SAN DIEGO A local non-profit program is trying to get injured troops and veterans back into the swing of things. It's all about the game of golf.
Operation Game On is a ten-week program that teaches injured servicemen and women how to play golf. Twice a week, active duty members and veterans take lessons from a golf pro. At the end of the program, players get custom-fitted for a set of golf clubs. Everything is provided free-of-charge.
Coast Guard veteran Mike Beouy suffered a severe back injury in a car crash. He said golf has been a godsend.
"It's really helped me in my balance and my flexibility," Beouy said. "I have a plate in my back for fusing vertebrae together. And I think that it's really helped my range of motion."
A local Vietnam veteran started Operation Game On in 2008. Since then, 70 people have gone through the program.