SAFE program participants meet professional golfers
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CLIFTON PARK, N.Y. -- More than a dozen kids with special needs got a chance to hit the links with two professional golfers. Two women from the Futures Tour were able to stop by the Van Patten Golf Course in Clifton Park to hit some golf balls with the kids.
The event was organized by a program called Sports Are For Everyone, or SAFE. SAFE was created more than 20 years ago to help kids with special needs participate in sports to build confidence and friendships. Organizers said that hundreds of high school kids volunteer their time every week to help out with the program.
"It's great for the kids because we'll have a young man who might not be that popular at school, yet he can walk down a hallways and all of a sudden get a high five from the top hoop player, and all of a sudden people are talking like what's that all about and it's been tremendous. And it's been as well received from our kids, as it has for these athletes or students," said Jim Fitzgerald, SAFE Director and Founder.
SAFE is looking to start a senior program in the fall so that adults and young adults can have opportunities to play several sports throughout the year.