RiverScene Magazine | Cookies make adaptive golf and other sports easier

By Becky Maxedon

Content sponsored by Anderson Auto Group

Lake Havasu City Cookie Monsters have a rendezvous with fate on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.

A cookie fundraiser sponsored by Anderson Auto and Powersports Group will be held in the Safeway parking lot at 1650 McCulloch Blvd.

Adaptive Golf and Other Sports is giving away 900 cookies. The Triple Chip Cookies are free, but donations to the special needs community are welcome.

Craig Adams, president of Adaptive Golf and Other Sports, said 100 percent of the funds raised will be distributed to people with special needs in Lake Havasu City.

The program is now in its sixth year as a nonprofit 501c3 organization.

Adams said he and his friend Bob Lamas, who is 100 percent blind, decided to start the program on the practice tee at Lake Havasu Golf Club.

Adams came to Lake Havasu City in sixth grade. As an adult, he played for 16 years at Shadow Creek Golf Club in Las Vegas, Nevada.

When the London Bridge Golf Course changed ownership and became the Lake Havasu Golf Club, Adams became one of its owners and returned to the community.

“I was happy to be home,” he said. “I always say it's not a city, it's a community.”

Photo courtesy of Adaptive Sports

In addition to adaptive golf, fishing is a popular activity. “We are also working on developing adaptive pickleball,” Adams said.

In the past, the organization has taken its participants on field trips to Scooters Family Fun Center in Bullhead City and snow tubing in Flagstaff, as well as Flagstaff Extreme – zip lines and adventure courses.

Charity dinners were also held at the Lake Havasu Golf Club.

The next event is Adaptive Fishing on October 29 and 30.

“This is a two-day fishing event for people with special needs. It takes place in the Bridgewater Links freshwater pond at the London Bridge Resort. We did it this way for safety reasons,” said Adams.

In addition to Adams, the nonprofit organization's leadership includes Jim Wijnhamer (vice president), Brian McGrew (secretary), Tom Lucas (treasurer) and Anthony Chavez (marketing).

“This is the most fulfilling thing I’ve ever done,” Adams said.

To donate to Lake Havasu Adaptive Golf and Other Sports, you can contact Adams at 928-727-3324 or mail a donation to Lake Havasu Golf Club, 2400 Clubhouse Drive, Lake Havasu City, AZ 86406.

The tax number to be used for donations is 83-21-86247.

To learn more about the nonprofit, visit the Adaptive Golf and Other Sports Facebook page.