Fore Hope can help those living with symptoms and disabilites from stroke, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, traumatic brain injury and other neurological conditions. It also helps those living with cognitive and physical challenges from many other conditions.
As part of the OhioHealth Fore Hope enrollment process, our golf therapy participants will meet with our Fore Hope golf professional and certified recreation therapist for assessment, review and preparation for golf curriculum. The Fore Hope golf adaptive programs are facilitated year-round both one-on-one or in group sessions.
The Fore Hope golf adaptive programs are facilitated year-round both one-on-one or in group sessions.
Our outdoor therapeutic golf sessions take place at Safari Golf Club.
This community-based wellness program has many physical, cognitive and social benefits such as:
Physical — Improved balance, range of motion, strength and endurance, and standing tolerance
Cognitive — Decision-making skills, long-term memory skills, short-term memory skills
Social — Independence, recreation, social interaction
We offer specialized adaptive equipment to allow participants with physical disabilities to play with the same advantages as an able-bodied player. From golf carts to clubs to gloves, our therapists help identify the right equipment for you.
Mindy Derr founded Fore Hope in 1989. Guy Derr, an avid golfer and former resident of Loudenville, Ohio, was the reason and inspiration for the program.
Participants will meet with our Fore Hope golf recreational and physical therapist, who leads the team in utilizing golf as a recreational outlet that enhances quality of life.
Additional team members include:
A golf professional who adapts the golf swing to fit the needs of each individual or group
Volunteers who assist our participants as needed
If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Mindy Derr at (614) 566.4242 or email ForeHope@ohiohealth.com.
OhioHealth Fore Hope adaptive golf would not be possible without support from our community. If you are interested in giving to OhioHealth Fore Hope, please visit the OhioHealth Foundation Fore Hope giving page or email ForeHope@ohiohealth.com or contact the OhioHealth Foundation at (614) 544.GIVE (4483) for more information. Any gift is tax deductible.