Golf tourney to raise funds for Down Syndrome Association of Central Oklahoma
Spring has arrived, and with it comes warmer weather and outdoor activities. Each year, the Down Syndrome Association of Central Oklahoma hosts a spring golf tournament to take advantage of the beautiful weather, while at the same time raising funds and awareness for people with Down syndrome.
The DSACO Cup will be taking place on April 22 at the Lincoln Park Golf Course. This annual tournament has a shotgun start and begins at 8 a.m. Last year, the event sold out, with 30 teams and 24 sponsors participating.
This is more than just a simple golf tournament. Golfers who participate will get a few fun surprises along the way. Golfers will meet people with Down syndrome, as well as learn new facts about this chromosomal condition.
Our self-advocates (teenagers and adults with Down syndrome) will be along the course selling cold soda and water. There will be a special hole where two self-advocates will offer the “Tee-Off Buddy” special – they will take your first hit and allow you to start where the ball lands. There will also be signs of DSACO’s kids all along the course, with facts about Down syndrome.
We will have a variety of raffle prizes. Winners will be announced during the lunch, which occurs directly following the event and is included as part of the registration fee. Each golfer also will get some unique DSACO swag.
Our goal at DSACO is to raise awareness and provide resources, as well as promote acceptance and inclusion for people with Down syndrome. We do not receive any government funding and survive solely on private donations and grants. We hold only four fundraisers a year, so each fundraiser is crucial to DSACO’s success. Last year, the tournament raised nearly $17,000 toward our programs and services.
You might not know anyone with Down syndrome, but, odds are, you work with, go to church with or know someone who does. People with Down syndrome are an active and important part of your community.
I would encourage each of you to get involved. We need sponsors and volunteers. Not a golfer? We have other ways you can support the nearly 700 children, teens and adults with Down syndrome in your community. Please visit www.dsaco.org or call 600-9981 to learn more.