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Freedom Golf Association announces Adaptive Golf Training Workshop

CHICAGO -- Freedom Golf Association (FGA), an organization founded in 2012 with a primary goal of advancing the delivery of grass roots golf instruction to those with special needs, announces its Adaptive Golf Training Workshop, schedule for Tuesday and Wednesday, April 8 - 9, 2014.

The workshop is open to PGA Professionals, Physical Therapist, Golf Coaches or any other professionals servicing the needs of disabled people. The training is part of FGA's Certified Professional Process that develops Certified Adaptive Golf Coaches to take special need golfers from the practice range and onto the golf course.

According to the PGA of America, there are 18 million disabled individuals who would like to play golf, but for various reasons either have quit trying or don't know where to get started. "The biggest challenges are simply learning to swing and play, then gain access to golf courses. They don't need to be sold on the game. They just need instruction and facilities." Says Andy Mears, Director of FGA Golf Operations and a PGA member.

David Windsor, PGA Professional and Director of the Adaptive Golf Academy in Sarasota, Florida will join FGA in conducting the workshop. David has been instrumental in the PGA's effort with adaptive and accessible golf.

The workshop fee is only $95. Participation is limited to the first 25 enrollees. Interested individuals can contact Andy Mears at amears@fgagolf.org by April 1, 2014.

Freedom Golf Association plans to accomplish its roll of opening the doors of golf to the special needs community by collaborating and coordinating qualified golf professionals, skilled amateurs, health care professionals and local organizations. Together, the concept is to provide resources to increase the opportunity to bring golf into the lives of the special needs community.

Freedom Golf Association was founded in July 2012 by Edmund Q. Sylvester. He is a Director of the Western Golf Association and a golf enthusiast. Sylvester became a triple amputee in 2011. Soon after leaving the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, he attempted to hit golf balls at a local range. Without assistance, his attempt was not successful and it became the first step towards forming FGA.

For more information about Freedom Golf Association, go to www.fgagolf.org.