Golf News for Monday, September 21, 2015 | Events

Boots to Birdies: BlazeSports America's adaptive golf program for vets

ATLANTA -- As one of its many life-changing adaptive sports opportunities for veterans with a physical disability, BlazeSports America offers Boots to Birdies, six-week golf training sessions culminating in a nine-hole tournament. Not only does BlazeSports provide instruction and adjustments to fit the golfers needs, the program is offered free of charge to these male and female veterans, which is an important feature since many of the participating vets live on a fixed income.

"Most of our golfers have never played before, so we provide all of the equipment," said BlazeSports America Veteran Programs Director Nate Watson. "There is great enthusiasm for this program. In fact, the numbers are so large that we will probably add a second day each week to accommodate all interested veterans." Boots to Birdies has also resulted in BlazeSports partnering with the Georgia State Golf Association for coaching and playing opportunities.

"We've been thrilled by the response to the Boots to Birdies golf program," said BlazeSports America Executive Director Cynthia Frisina. "The friendly atmosphere of the sport provides an excellent way for veterans of all ages to enjoy each other's company, the fresh air and even a dash of competition."

Currently, Boots to Birdies meets on Thursdays at Heritage Golf Links, 4445 Britt Rd., Tucker, Georgia. The program is open to all veterans and active duty service members with a physical disability. For more information and registration: 404-270-2000 or

Interested volunteers can contact BlazeSports America's volunteer coordinator at The Boots to Birdies program also seeks donations of new and gently used equipment.

About BlazeSports America
Based in Atlanta and celebrating 20 years in 2016, BlazeSports America's mission is to change the lives of children and adults with physical disabilities through sport. In addition to its US efforts, BlazeSports America has served individuals and communities in 11 countries and partners with organizations around the world to provide a broad assortment of programs. The interdisciplinary approach includes sport and community programs, leadership programs, competitions, camps and clinics, professional continuing education and certification and sports diplomacy and social impact. BlazeSports America serves children and adults with adaptive sport programs as well as military veterans with physical disabilities.

BlazeSports America is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that is the legacy organization of the 1996 Paralympic Games held in Atlanta, Ga., offering programs and services that encourage lifelong health, build leadership skills, foster independence and inclusion, and promote an inclusive society. BlazeSports America is a member of United States Olympic Committee - Multi-Sport Organization and the USA Member Organization of Cerebral Palsy International Sport and Recreation Association.

Carrie Whitney 404-822-1078