CT program for youth empowerment through golf | Connecticut News

CROMWELL, CT (WFSB) – The TPC River Highlands is just down the road from Connecticut’s first tee.

The first tee teaches kids how to get better at golf, while teaching them how to get better in life.

“It opened doors for me that I never thought possible. It helped me make connections, go to college, things like that, ”Durham resident Cameron Ledford tells us.

Cameron has spent his entire life trying to find open doors, the same doors that are open to children who don’t have cerebral palsy.

Diagnosed at the age of six months, the disease affects her right arm. He also has limited use of his right hand.

“I’ve always had cerebral palsy so I’m not the most athletic. Most of my swing is on the left side of my body, not the right side, so there are adapters in it. learn to play golf more than anything, ”continued Ledford.

And learning to play golf, he did.

He joined the Connecticut First Tee, where coach Lindsey Hanson ignited the spark Cameron always had for a sport he watched a lot on TV, but wasn’t sure if he could ever play.

“They didn’t treat me like I had a disability, in the sense that they didn’t let me apologize by saying that I couldn’t do something. They forced me out of my room. shell and doing things I didn’t have the skills for, ”explained Ledford.

“Confidence is huge, and that’s the biggest hurdle when you have a coach like Coach Lindsey taking the time to talk about it. Coach Lindsey would point his finger and then see him walk away, you knew. that something had happened in that transition that connected, it had an impact. You want your child to improve and that is what the First Tee does. It makes your child even better than before “, Cameron’s mother said.

“I’ve always wanted to reach my peak in anything. I know I’ll never be the best at it, but I’ve always wanted to reach my full potential, to be whatever my potential is, until that you get there, ”Ledford said.

It is not only the hope of Cameron and his family, but also of so many other families.

Connecticut’s first tee uses golf to teach life lessons.

The nine core values ​​that will help open so many doors, doors Cameron can now walk through.

“My goal would be to get two birdies in one round,” said Ledford.

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