After a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Disabled Veterans Golf Clinic is returning to an in-person event in 2022. Previously known as the National Disabled Veterans TEE Tournament, the golf clinic is a weeklong adaptive golf program presented by the Department of Veterans Affairs and DAV with support from more than 400 community volunteers.
Taking place Sept. 11–16 at the Riverside Casino & Golf Resort in Riverside, Iowa, the clinic’s mission is to provide an adaptive golf and rehabilitation program for U.S. military veterans with visual impairments, traumatic brain injuries, amputations, spinal cord injuries and other disabilities, using adaptive activities specific to their situation. It also serves to engage and invigorate veterans with disabilities to directly improve their physical, mental and emotional well-being.
Golfing will take place at various courses located in the Iowa City area. Bowling events will take place at Colonial Bowling Lanes in Iowa City. Alternative activities will also be at various venues in the Iowa City area and historically have included air rifle shooting, bicycling, kayaking and many others.
All activities offered at the clinic will give veterans an opportunity to develop new skills, strengthen their self-esteem, and expand fellowship and camaraderie among the participants.
“One of the greatest things about the golf clinic is that it gives disabled veterans the opportunity to participate in therapeutic adaptive sporting and recreational activities, which demonstrate to them that having a visual impairment or physical disability is a conquerable obstacle to an active, fulfilling and rewarding life,” said National Voluntary Services Director John Kleindienst.
“The past two years have been difficult on all of us,” he added. “That’s why we, and our VA partners, are so excited to once again be able to hold this wonderful event in person. Our veterans deserve that, and we’re really looking forward to it.”
Veterans must apply to participate in the event. Applications are available through the clinic office as well as on the clinic website at www.veteransgolfclinic.org.