Golf demo tees-off awareness month

Anthony Netto, Stand Up and Play Foundation founder, takes aim before striking a golf ball at Joint Base Andrews, Md., Oct. 6, 2017. The demonstration was part of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, a time set aside in the U.S. to affirm and recognize the many contributions of American workers with disabilities.

Anthony Netto, Stand Up and Play Foundation founder, takes aim before striking a golf ball at Joint Base Andrews, Md., Oct. 6, 2017. The demonstration was part of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, a time set aside in the U.S. to affirm and recognize the many contributions of American workers with disabilities.

Col. E. John Teichert, right, 11th Wing and Joint Base Andrews commander, receives coaching from Anthony Netto, Stand Up and Play Foundation founder, at Joint Base Andrews, Md., Oct. 6, 2017. Netto came to JBA to demonstrate how to golf while secured to a wheelchair specially designed to enable paralyzed persons to stand up.

Col. E. John Teichert, right, 11th Wing and Joint Base Andrews commander, receives coaching from Anthony Netto, Stand Up and Play Foundation founder, at Joint Base Andrews, Md., Oct. 6, 2017. Netto came to JBA to demonstrate how to golf while secured to a wheelchair specially designed to enable paralyzed persons to stand up.

Anthony Netto, left, Stand Up and Play Foundation founder, secures Hon. John Farley, four-time Bronze Star recipient and Vietnam War veteran, into a Paramobile golf cart at Joint Base Andrew, Md., Oct. 6, 2017. Farley is a lower-limb amputee resulting from an injury he sustained in combat. The Paramobile is a specially designed wheelchair that enables paralyzed persons to stand up for activities such as swinging a golf club.

Anthony Netto, left, Stand Up and Play Foundation founder, secures Hon. John Farley, four-time Bronze Star recipient and Vietnam War veteran, into a Paramobile golf cart at Joint Base Andrew, Md., Oct. 6, 2017. Farley is a lower-limb amputee resulting from an injury he sustained in combat. The Paramobile is a specially designed wheelchair that enables paralyzed persons to stand up for activities such as swinging a golf club.

Anthony Netto, center, Stand Up and Play Foundation founder, poses for a photo with golf demonstration participants at Joint Base Andrews, Md., Oct. 6, 2017. The demonstration was part of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, a time set aside in the U.S. to affirm and recognize the many contributions of American workers with disabilities.

Anthony Netto, center, Stand Up and Play Foundation founder, poses for a photo with golf demonstration participants at Joint Base Andrews, Md., Oct. 6, 2017. The demonstration was part of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, a time set aside in the U.S. to affirm and recognize the many contributions of American workers with disabilities.

JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md. --

The Courses at Andrews and the Stand Up and Play Foundation worked together to host a golf demonstration for National Disability Employment Awareness Month on JBA, Oct. 6.

 

Anthony Netto, SUPF founder, created the foundation to help people with disabilities play golf. The event featured a Paramobile golf cart that was donated by the SUPF to the golf course in June. For those interested in using the free-of-charge cart, call ahead to check its availability.

 

“We believe those with disabilities can still lead active lives and golf brings that avenue into focus,” said Michael Thomas, golf course general manager. “The Paramobile helps foster continued golf play for our paralyzed veterans. 

 

The demo was one of many events taking place here for NDEAM. JBA is also schedule to host a movie screening of “Stronger” on Oct. 20, and a golf tournament on Oct. 27. This year’s theme is ‘inclusion drives innovation.’

 

“It is important to recognize NDEAM because it gives us an opportunity to promote a culture and educate employers about the hiring of individuals with disabilities,” said Tonya Abrams, 11th Wing equal opportunity specialist. “Workers with disabilities increase diversity in the workforce, thus building a stronger force of America’s Airmen in the 11th WG.”

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