Golf tourney funds "Big Adventure" for El Paso kids with disabilities
POSTED: Friday, May 9, 2014 - 5:30pm
UPDATED: Friday, May 9, 2014 - 5:37pm
El Paso, TX (KTSM) — Dozens of golfers hit the green Friday for the 12th annual Spring Swing Golf Tournament at Painted Dunes Golf Course in Northeast El Paso.
The Junior Woman's Club of El Paso organizes the event. This year the proceeds will benefit Mike Dee's Big Adventure, a camp for local kids with disabilities.
"We have so many generous people here that like to come out and they get a good game of golf. They know that the money is going all back to El Paso," said Teresa Chavirra, Junior Woman's Club of El Paso President-Elect.
About 20 kids with disabilities get a VIP experience at amusement parks like Sea World in San Antonio.
"They get to swim with stingray. They get to go behind the scenes and touch beluga whales, they get to feed dolphins, and they get to go to Morgan's Wonderland, it's the only amusement park designed for kids with disabilities," said Mike Dee, President of the non-profit.
Mike Dee is a radio personality. He is also legally blind.
"I started losing my eyesight my senior year in high school. I didn't know if I was going to completely lose my eyesight, which I eventually did," he said.
He didn't let that stop him from achieving his dreams of going to college. He attended the University of Texas at Austin, in a city where he didn't know anyone.
"I learned a whole lot of things about being independent and staying independent," said Dee.
He hopes to teach that same independence to the kids on the trip.
"On the way back we talk to them and they realize that there's a lot of things that they can do," Mike Dee said.
Friday's golf tournament will fund the sixth trip Mike Dee has organized for kids with disabilities, and it seems to be making a difference.
"We're starting to meet some of the kids that went on the trip and finding out that a lot of them were able to get into college and live on their own and it's incredible to find out that this was the first step," he said.
To volunteer or contribue to the Junior Woman's Club of El Paso, go to http://www.epjwc.org/.
To contribue to Mike Dee's Big Adventure, visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/135221626516341/?fref=ts.