The primary objective of Special Olympics is to contribute to the physical, social and psychological development of people with intellectual disabilities through positive, successful experiences in sport.
The Garrison Eagles meet every Monday night at the Garrison Golf and Country Club in Kingston.
The 14 people on the team learn the finer points of the game. They’re taught how to properly drive the ball, as well as chipping and putting.
At the same time, they learn the rules and proper etiquette on the golf course. They do it with passion and a love for the game.
“They soak up all the information we can give them,” said coach Doug Harvey.
“It’s the instant feedback you get from them. When they have success you love to see the high-fives. It can be frustrating at times but their successes are different than ours. It may take all night long for them to sink a putt but when they do, the smile on their face is priceless.”
The Eagles have been together for 10 years. Harvey came on board in 2016 to help Bill McCormick with the program after longtime coach Lance Rushworth passed away.
“I was instantly hooked,” added Harvey.
“I think I learn more from them than they do from me. They teach me to be humble and patient. They teach me not to sweat about the little things in life. It’s all about trying your best whenever you can. It’s just amazing. You have to experience it.”