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Disabled veterans will compete in Stand Up and Play golf tournament

July 22, 2019 08:35 AM

Veterans with disabilities are getting another shot on the golf course thanks to a wheelchair-like unit that helps people stand up.

Stand Up and Play will take place at the Fairways of Halfmoon Golf Course. The ceremony will begin at 8:30 a.m. and will feature retired U.S. Air Force paratroopers landing on the course.

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Stand Up and Play is a foundation for disabled golfers and veterans. Golfers use a one-person golf cart that has hydraulics, which allow people to stand from a seated position. This allows people to putt, swing, and take part in many different things.

“Able is a thing we focus on,” said founder of the Capital Region chapter of Stand Up and Play, Mark Bouchey.

"We want to give lives back into the living," Bouchey said. "Their smiles are immense when they hit the golf ball for the first time. They are not on the couch. They aren’t in the chair. They’re out there with their friends.”

Eight paramobile carts will be used at Monday’s tournament.

The tournament is backed by SEFCU.

To see a golfer in action, click on John Craig's report. 

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John Craig and WNYT staff

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