The South African Disabled Golf Association is delighted to announce the establishment of an Academy home to be used by our First Swing Programme Elite squad.
We have been working tirelessly for some time to secure safe and comfortable accommodation for our Elite squad that is near to King David Mowbray Golf Club. As the golfers enter adulthood, it is becoming increasingly necessary to shape the course of their futures. We believe the home will provide the golfers with a good chance to develop essential life skills such as budgeting and working for the common good. It is of the utmost importance that we groom the squad members into respectable individuals who are able to carry the SADGA torch into the future.
The home will also help ensure that our members remain in golf for years to come and are able to find gainful employment in the golf industry. By living in the safe environment of the home, the golfers will remain on course for a brighter future through golf and won’t fall victim to the trappings of gang-life.
The Academy Home wouldn’t have become a reality were it not for the significant contributions of various parties. Our thanks to Lawrence Kaplan from Decofurn for providing the guys with beds and linen. To Trevor Reich from Banksrl for sponsoring the kitchenware and dining room table and to Theunis from KDM for lending us the equipment necessary to clean up the garden. Finally, to Canon South Africa for the generous rental sponsorship without which this endeavour wouldn’t have been possible.
“Canon South Africa’s association with SADGA stems back to 2001 when the company sponsored a small camera prize for a golf tournament and since then, our involvement with the organisation has continued to grow and flourish. Much of our support and sponsorship over the years has focused on SADGA’s First Swing program and it never ceases to amaze us what impact the program has on young children with disabilities”, says Dana Eitzen, Corporate and Communications Executive at Canon South Africa.
“The program bring these children together and as a group they learn respect, responsibility, honesty, integrity and perseverance while their self-confidence and self-esteem grows. Witnessing this, has been the impetus for our ongoing support of the programme for almost 15 years.”
The SADGA looks forward to seeing the FSP Elite squad members continue to go from strength to strength in their golf and careers thanks to the establishment of the Academy home.