Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network organizes free fishing and golf events adapted for people with disabilities | The Valley Register

ALLENTOWN, Pennsylvania — The Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network plans to hold a series of free adapted fishing and golf events this spring and summer for people with disabilities, offering a chance to learn basic fishing and golf skills and gain experience with suitable equipment.

The only one of its kind in the Lehigh Valley, the Adapted Fishing and Golf Series will kick off May 6 with Fishing and run through September 20 with the final Golf event. The events are open to people aged 18 and over and living with a disability.

Adaptive fishing dates, times and other details

All fishing sessions take place from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Lehigh Valley Road Runners Club House, 1696 Park Drive, Allentown.

  • Friday, May 6, 2022 (Wet date: May 13)
  • Tuesday, June 7, 2022 (Wet date: June 14)
  • Tuesday, July 12, 2022 (Wet date: July 15)
  • Tuesday, August 9, 2022 (Wet date: August 19)

Participants must obtain a fishing permit prior to the event. Participants are encouraged to bring their own fishing rod, if possible. Good Shepherd will also have a limited supply of suitable fishing gear.

For more information on registering a fishing license, visit the PA Fish and Boat Commission website.

Adapted Golf Dates, Times and Other Details

All golf sessions are held from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Allentown Municipal Golf Course, 3400 Tilghman Street.

  • Tuesday, May 17, 2022
  • Tuesday, June 21, 2022
  • Tuesday, July 19, 2022
  • Tuesday, August 16, 2022
  • Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Registration is mandatory. Call 610-776-3540 or visit to sign up for fishing or golf.

A team of Good Shepherd recreation therapists – Susan Bates, Linda Bollinger and Katrina Pidstawski – designed the free adaptive sports offerings.

“This series of outings is a way to make fishing and golf accessible to people with disabilities, as these sports should have no borders,” says Bates, project manager. “We are excited about this series because we can show how to use special equipment, such as adapted fishing rod holders, casting aids and tying devices, as well as adapted golf equipment. In addition, golfers can benefit from a one-on-one session with a golf professional.

The adapted fishing and golf offerings are part of Bates, Bollinger and Pidstawksi’s overall adapted sports project to provide year-round recreational opportunities for people with disabilities to improve their health, well-being and quality of life. life. Their adaptive sports program was among the very first recipients of Good Shepherd Innovation Grants, a groundbreaking program that invests significantly in generating ideas for over 2,000 Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network team members and of Good Shepherd Penn Partners in greater Philadelphia. Region.

“The Good Shepherd Innovation Grants aim to harness the enthusiasm, natural curiosity, and deep dedication of our team members, with the ultimate goal of driving innovation, increasing collaboration, and imagining projects that improve care, define the future of rehabilitation, or improve key business practices,” says Emily Lyter, PT, DPT, executive director of Good Shepherd Learns, Creates and Research.

About the Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network

Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network, a widely recognized nonprofit rehabilitation leader with more than 70 locations in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, is committed to transforming lives through expertise, innovation and compassion.

Good Shepherd provides an exceptional patient experience for people of all ages and stages by developing cutting-edge solutions, often for complex medical situations; serve as a testing site for the latest rehabilitation technologies; and inspire hope in everything we do.

Good Shepherd traces its pioneering spirit for innovation and compassionate care to its founding family, Reverend John “Papa” Raker and D. Estella “Mama” Raker. In 1908, the Rakers opened the Good Shepherd Home to care for disabled children and the elderly, filling an unmet community need – and setting the stage for Good Shepherd’s continued growth as a pioneer in rehabilitation. .

Based in Allentown, Pennsylvania, Good Shepherd also partners with Penn Medicine to provide rehabilitation and specialty services in the greater Philadelphia and New Jersey area through Good Shepherd Penn Partners.

Learn more about Good Shepherd’s mission and vision.

Information provided to TVL by:
Michael Walbert
Marketing & Communications Specialist
Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network

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