The annual First Swing Golf Clinic teaches more than just golf

Reading Hospital Rehabilitation in Wyomissing and the Eastern Amputee Golf Association recently held the 11th annual First Swing & Learn to Golf Clinic at Sittler Golf in Sinking Spring for patients with disabilities and their families.

More than 40 participants from Berks County and beyond attended the free event, which featured demonstrations of adaptive golf equipment by Adam Benza of the Eastern Amputee Golf Association and Rick Kline, Professional Golfers Association (PGA) and owner of Sittler Golf.

“The golf clinic gives amputees the opportunity to participate in a sport that is gentle on their joints and to build a support system with other amputees.” Kelley Crozier, MD, chief of the Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, explained. “This is the most popular support group event of the year and has even turned some into regular golfers.”

The group received event t-shirts donated by local company MJ Reider Associates and practiced hitting golf balls on the course, learning how to swing a golf club and how to adjust their bodies.

“We are so grateful to the doctors, residents, community and the Sittler Golf team for making it possible every year,” Jennifer Best, Occupational Therapist IV at Reading Hospital Rehabilitation in Wyomissing, said: “It's an important event for all of us and we're happy that it was such a success this year. We're already looking forward to next year.”

“This event is very important to our team at Reading Hospital Rehabilitation and their enthusiasm is evident each year in organizing it,” said Dr. Charles F. Barbera, President andCEO of Reading Hospital. “We love it when people get out and learn something new and try a new sport. If they find friends or support along the way, that's a wonderful thing.”