Paralyzed golfers showcase stand-up carts at AZ golf tourney

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The possibilities are endless for paralyzed sports enthusiasts thanks to a stand-up cart known as the Paramobile. Two golfers showcased them at the 5th Annual Will2Walk Golf Scramble on December 7, which was held at the Raven Golf Club.

Jason (2nd from left) and Tim (2nd from right) pose with their team.

Jason (2nd from left) and Tim (2nd from right) pose with their team.

This was a new experience for Phoenix resident Tim Surry, who has been paralyzed since 1988. He borrowed the Paramobile from the Virginia G. Piper Sports & Fitness Center for Persons with Disabilities (SpoFit)* and teamed up with ABIL employee Jason Graber.

“I haven’t truly golfed since before my injury, but I have hit many golf balls at the driving range while just sitting in my regular wheelchair,” notes Tim. “To my surprise, we actually used a few of my shots [at the tourney]! Now that I’ve seen what it’s like, I am looking forward to being more active in the sport.”

Due to the way the Paramobile keeps the upper body immobilized, Tim starts his swing with one arm and ends with two.

Due to the way the Paramobile keeps the upper body immobilized, Tim starts his swing with one arm and ends with two.

Tim, Jason and more than 100 other golfers enjoyed a cool, but beautiful, day for golf; camaraderie over lunch; and coming together to support a great cause. The tournament brought in almost $6,000 for Will2Walk. The proceeds will assist Will2Walk in developing new programs and services, as well as restructuring the Grant Program, to better serve more individuals in the SCI community.

Special thanks to the Title Sponsor of the tournament, Scottsdale Insurance Company, who has been a leader in the Excess & Surplus Lines field for more than thirty years. To view all of the photos from the event, be sure to visit our Photo Gallery.


*SpoFit is located at the Disability Empowerment Center (DEC) in the heart of Phoenix. SpoFit is a program of Arizona Bridge to Independent Living (ABIL), and has Paramobiles available through a partnership with the Stand Up and Play Foundation. To learn more about a Paramobile or how to try one out, click here.

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