June 7, 2018

Join the National Down Syndrome Society and a group of remarkable golfers on Thursday, June 7, 2018, at The Stanwich Club in Greenwich, CT to help raise awareness about the importance of inclusion and the value of individuals with Down syndrome in our community.

 

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Why I golf with NDSS, by Brad Hennefer

Brad Hennefer is super excited to once again be joining the NDSS at their upcoming golf outings!

Brad was featured in Good Morning America and in Sports Illustrated due to his high school varsity golf accomplishments. Brad is a passionate self-advocate and began participating in the NDSS golf outing in 2009 after he graduated. For almost a decade, hundreds of golfers and sponsors at the NDSS outings have been able to see for themselves that the possibilities are endless for individuals with Down syndrome.

Who could have dreamed 27 years ago that giving a golf club to a little three-year old would grow into what Brad has accomplished over the past 30 years?  He is the first person in the country with Down syndrome to play all four years of varsity golf in high school.  In 2014, he competed in the Special Olympics USA games against all 50 states and won the gold medal by setting a new USA record. He and his brother Bobby, who is now a PGA golf professional, also now pay it forward by sharing their talent with others.

The Hennefer family spent decades nurturing the gift that they saw in their young child, despite the Down syndrome, low muscle tone and other challenges. Brad’s grandfather, his Dad, and most importantly his brother spent countless hours helping him develop his skills. When golfers ask Brad what his handicap is, his favorite line to joke with them is “It’s Down syndrome, what did you think it was?”  Then, they curiously watch him step up to the tee, he out drives them, and he usually bursts out in laughter!

It just goes to show you that by never giving up, nurturing your child’s passion, and always dreaming big that AMAZING accomplishments are possible.