RESTON, VA. September 20th, 2019 – The Special Olympics Northern Virginia chapter and Golfdom hosted a fitting and equipment event for athletes on August 22, 2019 at Golfdom’s store in McLean. Donated golf clubs were custom-fitted for 13 athletes. The event was coordinated by Mark Fies, COO of Synergy Design & Construction, who is a longtime Special Olympics volunteer golf coach and supporter. The event was part of a broader effort to encourage sponsors and manufacturers to provide much needed better quality golf equipment for Special Olympics athletes. Several of the athletes fitted are vying to compete in the 2019 Special Olympics Virginia Fall Championships (Nov 2-3, Virginia Beach).
Newer used equipment was donated and fitted by Golfdom. New equipment and accessories were also purchased and provided by corporate sponsors Synergy Design & Construction and their supplier partners, TW Perry and Mosaic Tile Company. The fitting ensures the clubs are the right length, grip (or hand) size and lie angle for each athlete.
Veronica Jennings, Senior Director of the Potomac region at Special Olympics Virginia, attended the event, “Local athletes had a great time being fitted for proper golf equipment to ensure they are playing the sport to the best of their abilities like their golfing heroes! We rely on corporate partners like Golfdom as well as individuals to help bring awareness and provide support for our movement. It is only through such generous support that we can continue to help athletes,” she said.
Photo credit: J Larry Golfer Photography
Sponsor and coordinator, Mark Fies, added, “Often, athletes begin playing golf with handed down equipment that’s the wrong size, gender, or were designed for experienced players. Properly fitted clubs simply allow athletes to get more joy from the sport, while also improving their skill and ability to compete. We were honored to participate in this event.” (PRWeb) Matt Trenton, General Manager of Golfdom, was also in attendance.
About the Special Olympics:
Founded in 1968, the Special Olympics provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. This gives them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.