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Jan 26, 2013 8:32 PM by Lindsay MacLeod, KSBY News

Local non-profit brings free sporting events to disabled

Some local community members were hoping for a hole in one Saturday afternoon.

Special Heroes, a local non-profit, hosted its 3rd Annual Golf Special Heroes event Saturday. The organization raises money to help locals of all ages who are physically or mentally disabled. They put on a variety of sporting events throughout the year. At Saturday's event, participants were able to golf for free at the Laguna Golf Course.

"It gives them an opportunity to come out, enjoy the outdoors, be athletic, have fun, have a social setting along with an athletic endeavor," said Rod Valine, Special Heroes Programs Executive Director. Valine said over 30 people participated. 50 others attended as volunteers, including the Cal Poly Golf Team. "We're hoping just to train them and kind of get their skills a lot better," said Cal Poly Golfer, Morgan Thomas. Thomas has been a volunteer at the event since it started three years ago. "You feel pretty good afterwards. It's just fun to give back to the community, and it's a nice day outside, and we like to be out here with them and really interact and hope to kind of give them a role model in golf," Thomas said.

Local community members and businesses helped raise money to sponsor the event. All funds raised will help the non-profit host their "Pitch-Hit-Run" event, as well as other free sporting events.

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