MGA Links & The First Tee of Massachusetts Open Their Doors to the Perkins School for the Blind
May 12, 2009
Norton, MA — On a brisk spring day, MGA Links at Mamantapett opened its doors to the Perkins School for the Blind (Watertown, MA) for its annual day of golf and lunch. For the past five years, the Perkins School has been making an annual trek to MGA Links to experience the game of golf and its basics of putting and full swing.
"It’s a great event each year, not only for the kids, but for our staff,” said Joe McCabe, Executive Director of The First Tee of Massachusetts. “The majority of these students need to rely so heavily on their other senses everyday of their lives because of their lack of vision, but their ability to adapt to the basic concepts of golf is amazing."
Throughout the day, the students from the Perkins School proved that the game of golf can be played by anyone, despite their physical limitations.
"Golf is such a great game that it can afford anyone the opportunity to learn and play," said Bill McMahon. McMahon, who is blind, has been instrumental in organizing this annual event with the MGA and has taken his own golfing career to such events as the United State Blind Open.
Special thanks go out to Bob Beach, head golf professional at Braintree Municipal Golf Course, Kevin Sullivan, and Lettie Trespasz for coming to MGA Links and teaching for the day.
MGA Links at Mamantapett and The First Tee of Massachusetts aim to introduce children to the game of golf by providing learning facilities and educational programs that promote character development and life-enhancing values through the game of golf.
The Perkins School for the Blind is committed to providing education and services that build productive, meaningful lives for children and adults around the world who are blind, deafblind or visually impaired with or without other disabilities.
About The First Tee of Massachusetts
The First Tee of Massachusetts is dedicated to promoting and preserving the integrity and values of the game of golf in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. It aims to align itself with youth agencies and entities for the purpose of introducing children to the game of golf and its inherent values in an affordable and accessible manner. For more information about The First Tee of Massachusetts, please visit www.thefirstteemass.org.