Jermaine at Accessible Golf Wilmington

            Jermaine is a participant at Accessible Golf Wilmington- a GAINTM program that is supported by the Alliance.

Anger, frustration, patience.  If you have problems with these, the conventional wisdom may be that golf is not a sport for you.  After all, golf is mostly mental.  With theses mental issues, a bad shot can snowball, and turn into a tough round.  However, it can also be true that playing the sport can turn these things around quickly.

Accessible Golf of Wilmington has been helping participants overcome challenges like this for many years.  Jermaine, age 17, has been in foster care since he was 11 years old.  An avid athlete, he was skeptical when told about golf by his recreational therapist.  Jermaine has had trouble with anger, frustration, and patience and all showed up in his first visits to the driving range.

However, with the help of his recreational therapist, Jeremy Croom, to control the mental side and the help of PGA professional Matt Gordon with his ball striking, Jermaine has completed a 1800 turn.  And in more ways than just his game.

Jermaine is comfortable in his collared shirt and khakis.  He greets everyone on the range with a smile and a handshake.  He is thankful for the opportunity and the caring of others.  He has found role models and he has found peace in the game.  He’s working on the physical aspects of the game.  From doing that, Jermaine has learned control and has become a better person.

Jermaine displays calmness, patience, maturity, listening skills, and has a promising future.  This is another reminder of the power of golf for everyone that plays the game.

About National Alliance for Accessible Golf
Dave Barton, PGA is the Executive Director for the National Alliance for Accessible Golf. The National Alliance for Accessible Golf is a coalition of recreational, therapeutic, and golf organizations committed to the inclusion of people with disabilities through the game of golf.

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