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Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Equal Fun for Everyone – Why we golf

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I never considered myself a golfer. But I sort of developed a little crush on the game last year at my very first charitable golf outing: The Western DuPage Special Recreation Association Charlie Long/WDSRA Golf Classic. I chipped golf balls as a kid in our backyard. (My dad’s first love was his backyard putting green). But I never really got into it as an adult. But that might be changing. Something about the combination of  beautiful weather, green fairways, friendly comradery, and all-around good energy at last year’s event – all in the name of a good cause – spoke to my inner child (the golfer me), nudging her to come out and play.

As demonstrated by the number of listings on Positively Naperville’s Charity Golf Outings webpage, golfing for a good cause seems quite contagious. So I asked myself, why do we golf? And I’ve developed a theory. Here is my hypothesis: people + fun + altruism = strength of community.

Charlie knew this. Charlie Long was passionate about bringing people together and WDSRA has been honoring Charlie’s memory by attaching his name to our golf outing since 2009. Charlie was a passionate WDSRA volunteer, served on our Foundation Board, and was an all-around advocate for strong communities.

So join us June 23rd at Arrowhead Golf Club in Wheaton for The Charlie Long/WDSRA Golf Classic. This event is designed for any golf enthusiast, whether a serious golfer or a casual one. Enjoy 18 holes, prizes, contests, lunch, and dinner. Shotgun start at 1PM. $170 registration fee. No time for golf? Then join us for dinner for just $50. Register before June 14th at www.wdsra.com.

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Terri Gregory
Terri Gregoryhttp://www.wdsra.com
Terri Gregory is Community Relations Supervisor for Western DuPage Special Recreation Association. WDSRA offers recreational opportunities for adults and children with special needs through programs and inclusion services. WDSRA is a cooperative extension of nine park districts. Almost 30 percent of WDSRA’s participants are from Naperville. Contact her at WDSRA via (630) 681-0962 or terrig@wdsra.com.

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