Welcome to the website for the Whole In One Golf Camp at The Ohio State University. On this site you will find general information about the camp, facility information, biographies from our lead team members, and an application for participation in the camp. We have designed the camp for children ages 6-14 who have been diagnosed with autism OR Down syndrome.
AT A GLANCE
WHO: Children who are ages 6 to 14 that have been diagnosed with either autism or Down syndrome
June 12 – 16, 2017 (1pm-4pm)
The final day of camp will be held at Raymond Memorial Golf Course
COST: $200 per camper*
*A limited number of scholarships will be available
Registration for the 2017 Camp has closed
Participation in sports has helped countless individuals enjoy overall health, self-discipline, higher self-esteem, improved leadership skills, etc. The special needs population is no different. In fact, physical activity is critical for the management of obesity, behavior issues, motor function and positive social outcomes. Most children with disabilities receive physical education through his/her local school district. However, opportunities during the summer months are limited. Currently, there are no summer sport camps for special populations in the state of Ohio or surrounding areas. There are a handful of camps that include physical activity as a part of a larger curriculum, but none that focus exclusively on sports skills, particularly golf.
From Jack Nicklaus to the Memorial Tournament in Muirfield, golf has played a significant role in Central Ohio. Both public and private courses are busy with activity on all or most days of the week. The sport attracts people of all ages with varying levels of skill. One local public course reports hosting 40,000 to 50,000 golfers each year. Golf provides an opportunity for children to develop skills for a sport that can continue throughout one’s entire lifespan. It promotes an active lifestyle and improves social interaction.
The Whole In One Camp participants will use SNAG (Start New At Golf) method and equipment, which allows for effective instruction for beginners to the game of golf.
Days one through four will be conducted in the golf area of the Recreation and Physical Activity Center on the campus of The Ohio State University. On the final day of camp, participants will meet at Raymond Memorial Golf Course to be able to apply his or her new skills on an actual course. We will also host a celebration for the families of our campers at that time.
The camp will be held from June 12th-16th. Each day campers will meet from 1pm-4pm. Our younger campers (ages 6-10) will be practicing in our north gym while our older campers (ages 11-14) will be in the south gym. All campers will receive camp t-shirts, a backpack and water bottle.
The camp will be held at the Recreation and Physical Activity Center (RPAC) on The Ohio State University main campus in our state-of-the-art student recreation center. We will be using two gymnasiums, the golf hitting stations, and the putting and chipping green.
Camp Director – Jae Westfall, MS and Director of the Sport, Fitness and Health Program of the College of Education and Human Ecology, initiated the summer golf camp for children on the autism spectrum. With her experience in adapted physical education and extensive background in Exercise Physiology, Health and Wellness initiatives, she will provide senior leadership for Camp Whole in One. She will ensure that children have an experience that is safe, secure, and successful while learning the fundamentals of the game of golf.
Camp Coordinator – Kelly Trent is a graduate of The Ohio State University and is currently the Head Professional and Program Manager at Raymond Memorial Golf Course, a facility owned and operated by the City of Columbus Department of Parks and Recreation. She also serves as the Golf Coordinator for the Sport, Fitness and Health Program at The Ohio State University. Kelly has been the recipient of many awards and honors. She was inducted into the OSU Athletics Hall of Fame in 2002 and was named as one of Golf For Women’s Top Fifty Teacher in America. Kelly has been an inspiration to many golfers for over 30 years and has worked with adults and children, including those with special needs. She has tremendous experience with organizing and implementing golf camps in Central Ohio.
Instructor – Anne LaDuke, MA attended Bridgewater State College and then got her Master’s degree from The Ohio State University in Adapted Physical Education. She spent 17 years working with adults with Development Disabilities in Franklin County’s Independent Living Program. The past 7 years has been spent working at The Fairfield County Educational Service Center as an Adapted Physical Education Teacher working with children with Autism, Multiple Disabilities, Orthopedic Impairments and Emotional Disabilities. She has also served on the Licensure and Professional Development Committee at the Educational Service Center. Within these 7 years, she coached Wheelchair Basketball and Bocce. She has spent the last five years working as a golf instructor at Raymond Memorial Golf Camp with Kelly Trent.
Instructor – Kristi Ghidotti is a 1983 graduate of Perdue University with a Bachelor of Education degree. Since 2008, she has been a golf instructor for junior summer camps and the Upper Arlington Varsity Girls Golf Coach. In 2011, she joined the Sport, Fitness, and Health Program at The Ohio State University. In her tenure here at the university, Kristi has taught over a thousand students over dozens of sections of Golf I as well as some of our Tennis I classes. As evident in her background, Kristi is well versed in the sport of golf and has years of experience educating individuals of various age groups.
Assistant Instructor – Scott Pealer is an avid golfer and currently the Assistant Golf Professional at Mentel Memorial Golf Course here in Columbus, Ohio. At the beginning of 2017, Scott joined the Sport, Fitness, and Health Program at The Ohio State University as our Golf I instructor. In his first semester, Scott taught over 200 students the fundamentals of golf. In his past, Scott was a Special Education Instructional Assistant for Fairhaven School in Trumbull County.
Assistant Instructor – Laura McFarland
Speech Pathologist – Sarah Perlow , M.A. CCC-SLP attended Marietta College and then received her Master’s degree in Speech and Hearing from The Ohio State University. She worked in hospital settings before joining the staff at Fairfield County Educational Service Center. She has spent the past 17 years at FCESC as low-incidence speech-language pathologist working exclusively with children with Autism, Hearing Impairment, Multiple Disabilities, Orthopedic Impairments and Emotional Disturbance. At the ESC, Sarah has served on the Assistive Technology Team as well as the Licensure and Professional Development Committee. For 6 summers, she was Executive Director of a non-profit summer speech clinic for children of Fairfield County.