Kevin Stadler

Player Profile – Kevin Stadler

Since making his professional debut in 2002 – winning the 2002 Colorado Open with his father, Craig, on the bag, Kevin Stadler has built a solid reputation as one of the game’s most accurate golfers, ranking in the PGA TOUR top 10 for greens in regulation in 2013 and 2014. Kevin’s first PGA TOUR win, the 2014 Waste Management Phoenix Open, marked the first time ever a father and son had ever played The Masters together.  Kevin finished T8, making him one of only 13 players to make the cut in all four of the major PGA TOUR championships.
Kevin’s support of Disabled Sports USA’s Warfighter Sports program: 

While still in college, Kevin volunteered with Disabled Sports USA (DSUSA) at Ski Spectacular in Breckenridge, Colorado. Kevin’s support for DSUSA’s Warfighter Sports program stems from his strong conviction that severely wounded warriors who have lost limbs, become paralyzed or blind, and suffer from traumatic brain injury (TBI) or post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) deserve to receive this nation’s strongest support, including opportunities for sports rehabilitation to help rebuild their lives.  Those severely wounded in war, as well as their families, pay an enormous life-long price for defending our freedom; and they deserve every opportunity to rejoin their families, friends and communities through healthy sports and recreational activities.

Warfighter Sports rebuilds lives through sports by improving self-confidence, promoting independence and uniting families through shared, healthy sports activities.  Through the program, severely wounded veterans have opportunities to participate in adaptive golf and 30 other sports year-round. Sports rehabilitation takes place inside and outside major military hospitals (including Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda/D.C., Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio and Naval Medical Center in San Diego), VA hospitals and communities nationwide.

A member of the US Olympic Committee, Disabled Sports USA has proudly served wounded warriors, including those injured in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, since 1967.  Since 2003, more than 9,000 wounded warriors and family members have been served.  Thanks to supporters like Birdies for the Brave, all wounded warriors and their families are served at no cost, including individualized adaptive instruction, adaptive sports equipment, accessible transportation, lodging and meals.

Through the Warfighter Sports program, nearly 1,000 wounded warriors have learned and advanced in adaptive golf, a sport that helps improve balance, concentration and hand-eye coordination. Golf can be introduced early in the wounded service member’s rehabilitation process, often before they have completely healed or have their prosthesis. Adaptive golf lends itself to various mobility levels, based on the use of special golf carts and other available adaptive equipment and allows the wounded veteran to get out and enjoy the outdoors, even if PTSD or a TBI make it difficult for them to be in crowds or near loud noises.  www.warfightersports.org

 

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