Special Olympics works with Topgolf to unify athletesMay 08, 2023 11:19AM ● By Annabelle Larsen
SOUT athlete Jeremy Campbell at a Topgolf event with his athletic partner. (Courtesy of Special Olympics)
The Special Olympics Utah, or SOUT, teamed up with Topgolf to host an inaugural exhibition to promote inclusion in sports as well as in life. On March 14, Midvale’s Topgolf hosted an event where Special Olympics athletes, staff and unified partners paired with Topgolf guests and staff to honor the Topgolf and Special Olympics celebration of Unified Sports, a company that aims to join people with and without intellectual disabilities on the same team.
Through the dedication and hard work of Unified Sports, Topgolf and SOUT, individuals with intellectual disabilities (the athletes) and those individuals without intellectual disabilities (the partners) will be able to have the ability to train and compete in the same sphere and on the same teams, promoting inclusion and acceptance in sports, as well as in life.
“Topgolf has helped our current golfers improve their skills and has been instrumental in attracting first-time golfers to the sport,” said SOUT CEO Scott Weaver.
“Topgolf is committed to making the game of golf more inclusive and open for all to enjoy,” says Topgolf Director of Charitable Initiatives Tiffany Brush. “Our partnership with Special Olympics helps to break down the barriers to inclusion and highlights our belief in the unlimited power of play.”
Weaver and Brush are able to unite their two companies to achieve a common goal, and promote these athletes to pursue their full potential and dreams of working in a sports sphere with fellow athletes from all backgrounds.
Special Olympics athlete Jeremy Campbell is one person who’s especially excited about the event. "I really like Topgolf,” he said. “I am having so much fun playing Topgolf with my team and excited for the first competition." λ