Here is the letter I've been sending out...
"Dear Sir / Madam,
I have become a Special Olympics Golf Skills Coach in Broward County Florida. Upon attending practices with the Special Olympics Athletes here it was obvious that they were ill equipped (literally) to succeed. Most of the athletes are working with equipment provided by the Broward County Chapter and much of it is 30 years old or older. Most participants are forced to use equipment that a normal weekend golfer would find very challenging to play at best. I hope to be able to put together ‘Skill Sets’ for our athletes for next season (mid-May to early Sept.) that will make the challenges easier for them. This would not only give them a better chance to succeed in the Golf Skills Program but also to progress to the Golf Play Program if they wished. Any and all equipment donations will be greatly appreciated but I am specifically looking for the following equipment (new or used) in both Right and Left Handed (we have a lot of Left Handed participants,) in Regular, Senior, and Ladies Flexes, with graphite or lighter weight steel shafts when possible…
Drivers: 330cc volume or greater in 12 degrees or higher lofts
Fairway Woods: 16 to 18 degrees lofts
Hybrids: 20 to 24 degrees loft
Irons: 5, 7, & 9 Irons
Wedges: in approx. 52 degrees, 56 degrees, and 60 degrees
Putters: Mallet, Semi-Mallet, and Anser Style
*Complete clubs or components are fine as we have the ability to assemble clubs.
Grips are also sought as shortening clubs will help many of our athletes.
Carry Bags, Stand Bags, Tees, Practice Balls and all other Golf Equipment would also be appreciated.
If I am able to put together 10 Club Sets based on this (Driver, Fairway, Hybrid, 5, 7, & 9 irons, 52*, 56*, 60*, Putter) our Special Olympics Athletes will have a much greater chance of succeeding in their Skills Challenges (Wood & Iron Driving, Short & Long Putt, Chip and Pitch) and will also have a solid Playing Set should they qualify to graduate to the Playing Group.
I am happy to answer any questions you may have and truly appreciate your consideration.
Timothy R. Vice
Margate FL 33063"
Most of our participants are forced to be "Vintage Players" due to the equipment available to them. Although I personally love playing vintage this is truly a detriment to these "kids" who already are at a disadvantage. I have already given several clubs away to various participants and have seen immediate improvement with having a superior "tool for the job." Larger Heads, Higher Lofts, Lower COG, Shorter Lengths, and Lighter Overall Weight are these Special Olympic Athlete's friends.
I mention this because I was asked...
If you would like to contribute but don't have equipment we need and/or shipping costs would be prohibitive eBay, Rock Bottom Golf, or Dick's Sporting Goods Gift Certificates would be appreciated as well.
Anything of that nature would be used solely towards equipment for our participants.
Your Support is Appreciated.
Edited by TimV, 06 September 2018 - 08:55 AM.