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The Stand Up and Play Foundation has a long history of supporting Veterans, First Responders and Children. In addition to providing wheelchair users and others with impaired mobility the opportunity to stand up and engage in recreational and everyday activities. We know our veterans are also combating the issues related to post-traumatic stress, substance abuse (often related to PTSD), or chronic pain from their injuries.

In 2021, Rich O’Brien and Josh Swindle of the Lowcountry Chapter of the Stand Up and Play Foundation developed a groundbreaking Golf Therapy program designed to help Veterans and Emergency Responders who have suffered injuries, illnesses, or challenges whether they occurred in the line of duty or after serving and protecting. Over the past 18 months, the HERO program has grown into one of the largest adaptive golf programs in the country.

The Stand Up and Play Foundation is honored to offer these FREE clinics to Veterans and Emergency Responders, their families, as well as Gold Star families, and the families of the fallen as a thank you for their service and sacrifice to our nation. No previous golf experience is necessary and golf equipment is provided if needed for the clinics.

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Everyday HEROES Golf Therapy 1st Saturday of each month From 8:30 – 11:00 am
FREE adaptive golf clinic for ANYONE in the Lowcountry with an injury, illness, or challenge. Presented by Stand Up and Play
Foundation.

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We also saw the need for a community adaptive clinic because we knew that 26% of the population of the United States – 61 Million Americans – have a disability that impacts major life activities. Mobility is the most common disability type affecting 13.7% of the disabled population or approximately 8.7 million adults. Meanwhile, there are also nearly 3 million children with a disability and approximately 20% of them have a mobility challenge. The number of Americans with mobility challenges is expected to significantly increase in the coming years.

With six paramobiles in its’ fleet, the Lowcountry Chapter of Stand Up and Play Foundation was in a unique position to be able to assist virtually everyone, young or old. with a mobility challenge following a spinal cord injury, recovering from a stroke, Traumatic Brain Injury, neuromuscular disorders, amputated legs, and birth defects. The paramobile’s adjustable bracing system allows the chair to be easily fitted for both adults and children to provide the support necessary for a wide variety of mobility challenges ensuring that virtually everyone can have the opportunity to stand up and play.

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In December of 2022, the decision was made to add the Everyday HEROES clinic. In recent months, we’ve already seen the addition of three new paramobile users and ten children with Down Syndrome, autism, and muscular dystrophy. By the end of 2023, we anticipate that the Everyday HEROES clinic will be as large, if not larger, than the HERO clinic as more physical therapists start referring their patients to the program.

With the Everyday HEROES Community clinics the Stand Up and Play Foundation is able to serve the ENTIRE community of adaptive golfers of ALL ages. The program is FREE to anyone with an injury, illness, or challenge. Family members are encouraged to participate as well. Individuals with no previous golf experience are welcome and golf equipment is provided if needed for the clinics.

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