HERO Golf Therapy Program

In 2021, the Lowcountry chapter of the Stand Up and Play Foundation developed a groundbreaking Golf Therapy program designed to help Emergency Responders who have suffered injuries, illnesses, or challenges whether they occurred in the line of duty or after serving and protecting. We believe that a program like this has been needed for many years.

The program was co-founded by a medically-retired firefighter by the name of Josh Swindle who was paralyzed in the line of duty that knows first-hand the challenges that many emergency responders face. He is now a Man on a Mission to help his fellow emergency responders. The other co-founder of the program is Rich O’Brien whose life was saved by a City of Charleston firefighter who revived him three times after he suffered catastrophic injuries in a golf cart accident.  Rich endured 12,000 hours of physical therapy to recover from serious injuries and has pioneered the use of golf as therapy. The HERO Program is his way to Return the Favor to emergency responders who helped save his life.

The program is FREE to Emergency Responders and their families as a thank you for their service. Emergency Responders with no previous golf experience are welcome. Golf equipment is provided if needed for the clinics. Adaptive golfers from the community are also welcome to participate.

Clinics will be held from 0900-1100 on the 2nd Saturday of each month at The Golf Club at Wescott Plantation in Summerville, SC. For more information, or to register for monthly clinics, contact Rich O’Brien by email at richobriengolf@gmail.com or text at (843) 826-0837.

2022 Clinic Dates

Jan 8th

Feb 12th

Mar 12th

Apr 9th

May 14th

June 11th

July 9th

Aug 13th

Sept 10th

Oct 13th





Sponsorship Opportunities

Clinics will be held on the 2nd Saturday of each month at The Golf Club at Wescott Plantation. Emergency Responders with no previous golf experience are welcome. Golf equipment is provided if needed for the clinics.

Powered by the Stand Up and Play Foundation and Hardee’s Stars For Heroes Program

“The Golf Therapy program has allowed us to trade nightmares and flashbacks for golf dreams and new friendships.”

Back Story: On September 25th, 2008 Charleston County Firefighter Paul Tumminia revived Rich O’Brien multiple times after a catastrophic accident in which he suffered a broken neck, broken back, four skull fractures, and brain damage in every lobe of his brain. On that day, Paul fought hard to keep Rich alive against all odds. This program is our way of saying thank you to the HEROES that serve and protect our communities.

Meanwhile, the other co-founder of the program is retired firefighter Josh Swindel who had a paralyzing injury sixteen years ago in the line of duty. For Josh, this is a way to help his fellow emergency responders that have been injured.

Co-Founders Josh Swindle and Rich O’Brien
With his HERO, Paul Tumminia

At the Lowcountry Firefighters Support
Network Tournament