WOONSOCKET, R.I. — As part of its philanthropic mission, the CVS Caremark Charity Classic is hosting a series of golf clinics for veterans of all abilities. Working in partnership with the nonprofit organization Golf For All, the first clinic will take place Nov. 1.
Headlining the clinics are some of the world's top professional golfers who participated in the 2013 Charity Classic, including Annika Sorenstam, Billy Horschel and Juli Inkster.
The first clinic will feature Sorenstam at her Annika Academy in Reunion, Fla., followed by two events with Inkster at St. Andrew's Country Club in Boca Raton, Fla. In addition, Horschel will treat wounded veterans to a clinic at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Verde Beach, Fla.
Golf For All, a program of the Northeast Accessible Golf Association, provides accessible golf programs and clinics for veterans with physical, emotional and cognitive challenges. Specializing in teaching golfers with adaptive needs, PGA professional and Golf For All co-founder Bob Beach will also be on hand at the clinics providing each veteran tailored, one-on-one instruction including the use of adaptive equipment such as the special Paragolfer.
Beach was recently awarded the Patriot Award by the PGA of America (2013). The award recognizes a PGA Professional who personifies patriotism through the game of golf and demonstrates commitment and dedication to the men and women who have served in the armed forces. At the clinics, CVS Caremark colleagues will come together with the veterans to enjoy a day of camaraderie on the golf course.
"The CVS Caremark Charity Classic is proud to support the men and women who protect and serve our country through this series of golf clinics," stated Eileen Howard Boone, tournament chairwoman of the CVS Caremark Charity Classic. "This event is a natural extension of our company's longstanding commitment to veterans and our annual tournament's charitable mission. We know that our colleagues, the participating veterans and the pro golfers will truly enjoy this unique event which combines golf and camaraderie."
The CVS Caremark Charity Classic is Rhode Island's largest charitable sporting event. Since 1999, the CVS Caremark Charity Classic has driven more than $16 million to charities, providing funding for a variety of critical programs serving children, families and people in transition throughout Southeastern New England.