Golf Skills and Friendly Competition
MICC participants arrived at the clinic with different levels of golf experience. Under the guidance of the First Tee instructors, they spent an hour learning about the game and developing their golf skills. One of the highlights was a friendly putt off, where participants challenged each other to showcase their putting abilities. Ben Lentz, MICC's Director of Advancement, observed the challenge, noting, "The competition was intense at times, but when someone drained a long put, they all celebrated with high fives and joyful chants. The First Tee instructors provided just enough guidance to let them explore on their own while encouraging everyone to develop skills." The clinic ended with a lucky draw, and MICC Community participant Signe went home as the lucky winner, receiving a new set of golf clubs!
Following the clinic, MICC participants joined the golfers who had taken part in the Els for Autism Golf Challenge regional event for dinner at the clubhouse. During the event, MICC had the opportunity to present their mission and programs for autistic adults to the guests. The event organizer, Olivia Butler, also shared the impact of the Els for Autism Golf Challenge over the years. This initiative has raised over $33 million to support their global efforts in providing services and building partnerships to improve the lives of people with autism and their caregivers.
MICC's participation in the #GameON Autism Golf Clinic was made possible through a recommendation by Dr. Cindy Nollette, MICC National Advisory Board member, to the Els of Autism Foundation. Dr. Nollette recognized the alignment between MICC's mission and the foundation's goals and submitted a referral on their behalf. MICC is grateful to have been selected as a regional participant this year and looks forward to continuing our partnership with the Els for Autism Foundation in the future.
The Ernie Els #GameON Autism Golf Clinic at Windsong Farms Golf Club provided MICC participants with a day of learning and enjoyment. Through the guidance of First Tee instructors, they had the opportunity to improve their golf skills while also developing important life skills. The clinic's emphasis on communication, emotional regulation, motor skills, and social interactions ensured a well-rounded experience. Additionally, MICC's participation in the clinic allowed them to connect with others who share a passion for supporting individuals with autism. The collaboration between MICC, the Els for Autism Foundation, and First Tee showcases the power of partnerships in promoting inclusivity.
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