The California Eagles (Special Olympics) program has been one of our most loved programs since its inception in 1986. This program annually brings over 100 young people and adults with Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, autism, and other special needs or disabilities out to the golf course 25 weeks per year.
The participants are taught the basics of the game of golf and our Target & PLAYer Life Skills curriculum. They spend time on the driving range, practice green, golf course and end their season with a tournament and barbeque. Physical therapists have verified that golf activities help the participants improve their mobility, balance and coordination. The program also adds to the participants ability to concentrate which results in increased personal learning.
Participants especially love the social aspect of this group, as it is an important as the golf and life skills. The participants make great friendships with each other, our staff and volunteers. Those who have been in the program the longest mentor the newer players—therefore builds their confidence. As a result they gain pride in their accomplishments on the golf course, helping their peers, and assisting the staff and volunteers.
The California Eagles is also one of our most volunteered for programs. Our teen-aged participants volunteer as mentors to help out each week. These volunteers always come out of this experience having received far more than they have given. These special participants are a treasure to our organization and all who are involved.
Dates, Times and Locations
2021 dates: TBA
Mondays from 5:30pm – 7:00pm at Bing Maloney Golf Course
Tuesdays from 5:30 – 7:30 at Haggin Oaks Golf Complex
$95 for the full session (Golferships available for those that need financial assistance)
What you receive with the Program
Golf Instruction, Life Skills Instruction, On-course demonstrations, Playing Time and Contests
Putting Contest / Ice Cream Social Day, Play Day at Bing Maloney GC, and Year End Tournament
For more information On Registration and VOLUNTEERING
Michael Firpo – Director of Programs
Office: (916) 486-6220