The Congressional Charity Golf Classic, an annual event of the U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress, will be held Monday, July 22, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the Army Navy Country Club in Arlington, Va. The tournament will open with a brief ceremony and demonstration of the ParaGolfer. Winners will be announced at 2:30 PM at an awards ceremony and luncheon, where FMC will present a check to support Disabled Sports USA and PGA HOPE. The U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress’ annual charity golf event raises funds for wounded warriors to get sports rehabilitation through Disabled Sports USA’s Warfighter Sports program. A new chair called, the “ParaGolfer” will be used for the first time, helping wounded warriors with limited use of their lower extremities.
For the thousands of U.S. service members who have been severely injured in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, recovery from their wounds—seen and unseen—is no easy task. Disabled Sports USA and the PGA of America have helped many service members regain their confidence and independence through sports. Among the many athletic activities available to wounded warriors is the sport of golf.
Additionally, PGA of America Professionals continue their partnership with local Veterans Administration hospitals and healthcare systems with veterans. Through a network of PGA HOPE (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere) chapters, PGA Professionals delivers a new level of enjoyment that enhances mental, social, physical and emotional well-being.
When it comes to supporting the nation’s warfighters, Republicans and Democrats are united in their efforts to recognize and support their service and sacrifice. For the past six years, the U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress has organized the, raising more than $300,000, all donated to the Disabled Sports USA Warfighter Sports program and to PGA HOPE. This year, the largest delegation of former and current Members of Congress is expected to attend, along with a record number of wounded warriors. It will also be the first time a wounded warrior will use the ParaGolfer chair. This specially-designed wheelchair was created for the golf course terrain, and lifts the individual from a sitting to a standing position. In addition to golf, it also helps elevate the individual to eye-level with other players, and allows unrestricted shoulder movement.
More than 50 current and Former Members of Congress will be at the event including FMC tournament co-chairman, Dennis Hertel (D-MI); Ken Kramer (R-CO); Mike McIntyre (D-NC); and Jimmy Duncan (R-TN).