Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
I mean it when I say Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
In fact, I’ve been known to dress up as Santa just to get a chance to share some holiday cheer.
So, as another terrific year is winding down, I want to thank some very special people for your continued support of Operation Game On throughout the years as a sponsor, volunteer, participant, or donor. This year was incredible. There were more moments than I have time to write about.
Yet there are still quite a few of our men and women Veterans still suffering from the effects of war and because of you, we are here for them. It’s not really about golf, it’s all about getting them back to a somewhat normal life.
So then, why does golf work?
As you know, golf can be a very frustrating game to learn but it takes their mind off of their injuries and brings out the “can do, will do” attitude instilled in them. There’s other reasons such as the fun factor and a chance to get outdoors and play with friends and build new special memories and bonds.
At Operation Game On the special memories stack up quickly, and back in November we had a really special moment. The timing was perfect for their fitting at TaylorMade’s “The Kingdom”. It was on Nov 10, the Marine Corps Birthday and it so happened to also be PGA Tour Professional, John Rahm’s birthday too. As luck would have it, John was at The Kingdom preparing for his upcoming event in Dubai –which he subsequently won. This young PGA Tour star took the time to chat with our troops and signed a U.S. Open staff bag personalized for each one of them and hung around to take some pictures with them.
It was an awesome day for our Heroes thanks to the staff at TaylorMade. And unbeknownst to us, before the fitting, about 100 TaylorMade employees gathered at the driving range to greet our troops with an ovation to thank them for their service on this Veterans Day along with the National Anthem which was sung by Joe Horowitz.It was such an emotional day and a highlight of 2017 I will never forget.
The next morning we were at the Del Mar Golf Center, where we delivered their hard earned golf clubs and made it our own special “Opening Day at Del Mar”.
Again, thank you all for your continued support, this is a glimpse of just one special memory among many that we’ve had in 2017 which were made possible with your help.
Make more memories!!
Here’s wishing all of you and your families a very Merry Christmas and a healthy, successful, and Happy New Year!
May God bless and protect those still in harm’s way, may God bless all of you, and may God bless America!
Stay tuned for information about our 15-inch Cup Challenge Monday, March 5th 2018 (noon-3pm). We have some special things planned this year for this annual hole-in-one driving range party!!!
Operation Game On’s Mission
Provide golf as a form of rehabilitation for our returning combat-injured troops suffering from physical and mental disabilities. The troops' doctors regularly advise some of their patients to try our program.
Golf is good for the mind and for the body. It allows them to compete, laugh, relax, focus, and challenge their muscles outside of regular PT. It gives them hope of a clearer future after their tragic injuries and experiences of war.
It's only through your donations that we can accomplish our mission.
Golf: A Game to Last A Lifetime
Our goal is to reach out to our troops and their families to show them the honor they deserve through an introduction to the game of golf. Golf gives them a chance to compete and be active. It's a fun wholesome and challenging outdoor activity. Golf helps build self confidence and teaches determination and there's also no better place to create new friendships like the golf course.
We have several ongoing programs and events as well as our annual golf tournament. We are busy making plans for the 2013 Golf Classic and other fundraisers. Stay Tuned!
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