About the Foundation
Stand Up and Play Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) 100% volunteer-based organization. The Stand Up and Play Foundation is composed of individuals who donate their time and efforts to make active standing therapy a reality for everyone with mobility challenges.
“When learning how to walk, you have to stand up once more than you fall down. This applies to both a small child and an adult. It holds true for learning how to walk, but in a transferred sense, also for life itself. With a handicap, it is an even steeper challenge. I have experienced that myself. For every physically handicapped person, the Paramobile is an important and valuable tool that gives you a bit more freedom.”
GOLF AS A THERAPY
Handicaps and sickness imply a number of limitations: restricted performance, a sense of impossibility, and often as a consequence of these limitations, social exclusion. As a result, many chances, possibilities, and perspectives appear to be inaccessible.
When applied therapeutically, the sport of golf has been proven to encourage a person’s will, build self-confidence, and provide a channel to break through this vicious circle. Although golf is still viewed by most as an elite sport, when properly applied, it can serve as a very successful method of rehabilitation.
Golf as a therapy addresses the development of necessary coordination and the repetition of precise sequences of movements. Further, the mental challenges posed by the game stimulate one’s ability to focus and concentrate. Playing golf successfully raises a person’s self-esteem and vitality. Finally, golf is social and fun.
ABOUT ANTHONY NETTO
Originally from South Africa, Anthony Netto is an international ambassador for challenged golf and has been a USGTF Master Golf Teaching Professional since 1999. A few of his (many) accomplishments include initiating the European/American KidSwing program, training the German Disabled Golf Team, USA Golf Team Invictus Games Toronto 2017, and holding the current Paralong Drive World record at 317 (3/2018 Mesquite NV Paralong Drive Cup )yards. Now residing in The United States, Anthony spends his time training PGA professionals and veterans on how to use the game of golf as therapy and serving as a consultant for handicapped golfers worldwide. He’s passionate about helping his fellow wounded brothers and sisters and it’s the driving force behind everything he does.
Anthony first sustained a life-altering injury while serving for the SA Defense Force and then again in 1994, when he was hit by a drunk driver, which caused further paralysis. On top of these injuries, he was also diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in May of 2000. Motivated by his own challenges, Anthony co-invented the all-terrain standing sports wheelchair, the Paragolfer (by Ottobock), and founded the Stand Up and Play Foundation to make Paragolfers available to individuals with impaired mobility across the world.
- Executive Director: Martin Estey
- Chairman: Marc Nadel
- Secretary to the Board: Beth Ford
- Treasurer/Media: Angelica Amador Jaspert
- Military Liaison: Michael Thomson
- Caregiver Liaison: Cami Sue Hutton
- LPGA: Janet Matsey Phillips
- Ambassador: Dennis Duchi
- Adaptive Golf Coach, Former Professional Golfer: Greg “Jake” Jacobson
- Dr. Theodore Rummel
- Maj. Barry Guidry
- Bobby Medlen
- Thomas Michaud
- Mark Boucher (CDNY Chapter Director)
- James Tipton (Panhandle Florida Chapter Director)
- Rich O’Brien (Low Country SC Chapter Director)
- Kevin Mcjunkin (Killian Texas Chapter Director)