I Got This Golf Academy
April 6 - May 30
I Got This Foundation® to Launch Golf Academy
for People with Intellectual Disabilities
Through the I Got This Golf Academy, the Foundation will provide golf instruction and playing opportunities for people with Down syndrome and other intellectual and developmental disabilities.
PHOENIX, AZ – The I Got This Foundation has announced the inaugural I Got This Golf Academy to provide golf instruction and playing opportunities for up to 24 individuals from One Step Beyond and Gigi’s Playhouse of Phoenix. The Academy will run from April 6 through May 30 at two host golf courses, Palmbrook Country Club, Sun City, and Paradise Valley Golf Course, Phoenix.
Thanks to a generous grant from the National Alliance for Accessible Golf, presenting sponsor XXIO Golf, and supporting sponsor Wilson Golf, the Academy will be delivered at no cost to athletes. Golf instruction, led by teaching professionals Matthew Acuff and Gordie Sullens, and LPGA Professional Cori Matheson will be provided twice weekly for eight weeks, with a session-ending 9-hole scramble tournament, banquet, and prizes (following Covid related protocols) with family, friends, and unified partners, including members of Girls Golf of Phoenix, to showcase athletes’ newly acquired golf skills. Through the generosity of our sponsors, XXIO golf clubs will be made available and Wilson hats, shirts, balls, and accessories will be provided. The Academy’s goal is to not only develop great golfing talent but to create a better, stronger, and more inclusive golfing community.
"The I Got This Foundation hopes that this inaugural Academy will serve as a golf teaching and instructional model for other athletes with intellectual and developmental disabilities," says Lindsey Corbin, President of the I Got This Foundation. "This initiative will pave the way for them to play alongside friends and family, compete in leagues with peers, join high school golf teams and enjoy a lifelong skill that delivers many rewards and rich experiences. The Academy not only reflects my sister Amy’s passion for the sport but also helps her pay it forward, giving others the opportunity to experience the many joys of golf."
ABOUT I GOT THIS FOUNDATION
The I Got This Foundation has a mission to provide golf instruction and playing opportunities for people with Down syndrome and other intellectual and developmental disabilities. I Got This was launched by Amy Bockerstette and her family on her twenty-first birthday in 2019. Amy is a student-athlete at Paradise Valley Community College in Phoenix, Arizona, where she plays golf on a full scholarship and studies Dance. She is the first person with Down syndrome to receive a collegiate athletic scholarship. Representing Special Olympics Arizona, Amy played the par 3 16th hole at TPC Scottsdale with PGA Tour player Gary Woodland at the 2019 Waste Management Phoenix Open. After hitting her tee shot into a greenside bunker, she parred the hole with an 8-foot putt, telling the group “I Got This!” The video capturing the moment is the most viewed video in PGA Tour history, receiving over 44 million views.