Wednesday, July 14, marked the 25th Annual South Shore YMCA Golf Classic. Over 200 golfers joined at the Pine Hills Golf Club in Plymouth for a day of golf, food, and fun to support adaptive programming at the South Shore YMCA.
This year’s special guests and legendary sportscasters, Mike Lynch and Bob Lobel, joined to emcee the event. Adaptive programming has had a major impact on Bob personally. When spinal stenosis left Bob paralyzed from the waist down and in need of a wheelchair, Bob began working with trainers and specialized equipment as part of the South Shore YMCA Adaptive Fitness Program at the Quincy Y to build strength, mobility and confidence.
Through his work with the Partnership Program, Bob found the strength and support he needed to embrace his new life. “It’s hard being in a wheelchair, it certainly has changed my life”, says Bob, “It’s made me look at things a different way. I’ve learned to appreciate the things that are available to me, and one of the most important things is an organization like the Y.”
Physical activity, vital for our health and wellness, can be a challenge for individuals with disabilities and mobility impairments. South Shore YMCA adaptive sports, exercise and recreational programs, including the Partnership Program, ensure that individuals with physical disabilities can exercise and participate in the recreational activities they enjoy.
Keja MacEwan, Network Coordinator at Spaulding Adaptive Sports Centers, spoke at the event about a partnership between the South Shore YMCA Camp Burgess on Cape Cod and Spaulding to create an adaptive overnight camp experience for a boy with Cerebral Palsy and his three brothers. “All those kids get to share memories that we never thought were possible”, said MacEwan.
Through its adaptive programming, the Y helps more than 250 participants living with physical disabilities stay active across the South Shore, and that number is growing. South Shore YMCA President and CEO, Paul Gorman, shared his pride in the YMCA’s continued work to make adaptive programming available to the entire community. “We work hard to make sure all of our programs are accessible to everyone, physically and financially”, says Gorman.
With the help of generous participants, sponsors, and donors, this annual event raised $200,000 to benefit Adaptive Programming at the South Shore YMCA. Matt Shadrick, Executive Vice President, Eastern Benefits Group, and event chair, thanked all sponsors for making the day possible.
“When you have an organization like the South Shore YMCA that is dedicated to ensuring all kids, all families, and all adults get to experience everything, you end up with something really incredible,” added Keja MacEwan, “You end up with people realizing that anything is possible for anybody.”
2021 Golf Classic Winners
Best Ball Gross
- 1st place: Fahri Begoli, Mike Sullivan, Bernie Lorge and Andy Lorge
Best Ball Net
- 1st place: Bilezikian Foursome: Jeffrey Bilezikian, Mike Mullin, Patrick Davis, Chuck Bilezikian
- 2nd place: Cambridge Savings Bank Foursome: Cullen McCarthy, Kevin Burke, Rob Kershaw, Steve Noyce
- 1st place: Moriarty Troyer & Malloy Foursome: Chris Malloy, Kim Bielan, Thomas Bhisikul, Chris Yule
- 2nd place: Ellis Realty Foursome: Patrick Maguire, Joe Zanca, David Ellis, Shea Coakley
- 1st Place: Precor Foursome: Jeff Hyde, Joe Krill, Tom Ciancioia
- 2nd Place: Hub Refrigeration Foursome: Michael Norton, Steve Doyle, Tara Norton, Joanne Doyle
- 3rd Place: Burgin Platner & Co Foursome: Andy and Kim Barbas, Phil and Tina Robinson
- 4th Place: LifeFitness/Matrix Foursome: Brett Fountain, Cam Roller, Myles MacKinnon, Patrick Murphy
- 5th Place: Dan Butler, Ed Silva, Dan Berry, Tony Libot