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Little City to Offer Free Golf Instruction in December for People with Disabilities

Little City Adds Free Open House Golf Clinics

Kyle Standridge, a recreational therapist, assists participant Joe Flasch during a golf lesson with Mary Dwyer, a former Ladies Professional Golf Association player, at Little City.
Kyle Standridge, a recreational therapist, assists participant Joe Flasch during a golf lesson with Mary Dwyer, a former Ladies Professional Golf Association player, at Little City.

Little City’s new indoor golf center is currently enrolling new participants for small group instruction with a PGA certified golf teacher Thursday afternoons at the facility on the nonprofit’s campus in Palatine. To launch the program, Little City is offering free golf lessons during Open House Specials to be held at 6 p.m. Dec. 1, Dec. 8 and Dec. 15 and at 4 p.m. Dec. 3, Dec. 10, Dec. 17 at Little City, 1760 W. Algonquin Rd. in Palatine.

Mary Dwyer, a former 20-year member of the Ladies Professional Golf Tour and a PGA certified teacher, will provide instruction to individuals with disabilities age 16 and older. No prior golf experience is required.

“We want it to be a well-used facility. We want to expose as many people to Mary Dwyer as we can. She’s just fantastic,” says Tim LaHart, director of recreation and fitness at Little City.

Dwyer, who also has worked as a golf teacher at Northmoor Country Club in Highland Park and Tamarisk Country Club near Palm Springs, Calif., has prior experience teaching golf to children with disabilities. She has been providing instruction at Little City since 2014. “It’s been wonderful. They are so easy to help. They really are,” she said of the participants she teaches.

With a warm, jovial personality, Dwyer gives advice in an approachable manner, telling participants to line their bodies up to the ball with their belly buttons even with the tee. She is quick to praise their efforts, telling a recent participant, “I’m very impressed with you.”

Dwyer, who has been playing golf since age 11, was a member of championship golf teams at the University of Miami in Florida before joining the LPGA.

“Everybody says how much they love Mary,” adds Kyle Standridge, a recreational therapist at Little City with a background in sports management who will be assisting in the program.

Following the open house clinics, Little City plans to offer a four-week session on Thursday afternoons priced at $120 total per participant. Inquire about the program at the open house or see below for contact information at Little City.

For more information about the golf program, please contact Tim Gavin at tgavin@littlecity.org.

For complete information about Little City, visit www.littlecity.org or contact Ann Meyer at ameyer@littlecity.org or 847-221-7831.

About Little City
Being a leader for 59 years, Little City continues to be inspirational and transformational in developing its 56-acre therapeutic community in Palatine. From a modest beginning of three homes and 16 residents primarily with Down syndrome, Little City has grown into a recognized leader offering a wide array of innovative services to more than 1,000 clients weekly. In addition to the Palatine location, Little City has a Community Services Office in Chicago’s Humboldt Park neighborhood, adult service centers in Palatine and Waukegan, and 13 adult community homes and one children’s group home located throughout suburban Cook and DuPage Counties.

Today, Little City’s comprehensive program portfolio includes vocational training and employment placement, foster care and adoption, home-based family support, health and wellness, recreation and therapeutic activities, disability awareness and community education, a day school and an award-winning arts program. Visit www.littlecity.org.

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