The Lifelinks Program at The Arc of the East Bay introduces people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to the game of golf.
With guidance from PGA Professionals, volunteers provide Lifelinks participants with basic instruction on swing mechanics, chipping and putting.
Swinging a golf club exercises and improves gross motor skills and helps develop fine motor skills as well. Walking the golf course in the fresh air is good for the heart and for helping clients control their weight. Golf is a social game allowing clients to practice interacting with peers, coaches and the general public. Golf also teaches the values of honesty, integrity, persistence, and etiquette that transcend the golf course and are critically important in “real life.” In short, it might be the best therapy there is for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
During the 12-week instruction class, each client was paired with a volunteer coach to play golf in an alternate-shot format. It was difficult to determine which group was the more enthusiastic about the event – the clients or the coaches.
With your help, we have expanded LifeLinks-Golf from San Leandro to our clients in Hayward and the Tri-Valley. We are always on the lookout for coaches. Coaches don’t need to be pros, just understand a few basics of the game. Two hours per week is all we ask.
Also, donation of “experienced” golf clubs, golf bags, golf balls and other equipment is very much appreciated.
Please email or call Judy Vierra for more information: