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Dennis Walters Golf Show to support First Tee Manchester
August 31, 2011

There are many people in the world of golf that we think of as inspirational: Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, Tiger Woods. Now for the first time in the UK we have the chance to meet the man that they all call their inspiration – Dennis Walters.

Although you may not have heard of Dennis, Champions past and present admire him with good reason. He is one of only 11 honorary lifetime members of the PGA of America and has received their highest award – The Distinguished Service Award.

Dennis Walters

A promising golfer in his youth, Dennis had an accident that left him paralysed from the waist down. Realising that his dream of playing professional golf was out of reach, Dennis changed his dream and set about learning to play golf again. 35 years later and with over 3,000 performances of his Dennis Walters Golf Show under his belt, Dennis has inspired thousands of people to be the best they can, including the legends of golf who bear testament to his impact.

Through his show, Dennis has worked with many charities and organisations in the U.S that aim to inspire people to make the most of their abilities. It is in this capacity that Dennis is about to make his first trip to the UK supporting the Manchester branch of US charity The First Tee.

Run by UK registered charity Empowering Youth Foundation, The First Tee Manchester teaches valuable life skills to young people, often from disadvantaged backgrounds, through the medium of sport. The programmes focus on nine core values inherent to the game of golf including honesty, integrity, sportsmanship and confidence.

The First Tee Manchester programme is based at Heaton Park Golf centre in Manchester, with community outreach programmes in Wrexham and Liverpool. Wrexham is where Dennis will be performing his show on September 7th at Clays Golf Centre.

This is a great opportunity to see a once in a lifetime show from Dennis Walters and for young people to take part in golfing activities. There will also be a fundraising raffle which includes signed memorabilia from world number one Luke Donald and LPGA star Paula Creamer. Gates open at 4pm, with the Dennis Walters Golf show at 5.30 pm.

Through the inspiration of people like Dennis and the innovative work of organisations like The First Tee Manchester, maybe the way we behave (or are supposed to..!) on the golf course can help provide a template for the way young people choose to live their lives.

For more information about Dennis’s show in Wrexham or to make a donation please contact info@empoweringyouthfoundation.org.uk

About Dennis

A promising golfer in his youth, Dennis had dreams of playing on the PGA Tour. However, in 1974 an accident left Dennis paralysed from the waist down and the prospect of playing any kind of golf looked a long way off.

Having begun to learn new ways of living, Dennis decided he had to work out how to play golf again. Since he couldn’t stand, he started by hitting golf shots from his wheelchair. He then progressed to a swivel seat mounted on the passenger side of a golf cart and started the process that has led to acknowledgement and acclaim from around the world of golf.

Since 1977 Dennis has travelled around the U.S. telling his unique story and encouraging others to reach for their dreams, strive for excellence and do something they didn't think they could. Through this process Dennis developed the Dennis Walters Golf Show, showcasing trick shots and abilities that bear testament to what can be achieved through perseverance and hard work.

About First Tee Manchester

Young people can take part in The First Tee’s Life Skills Experience from the age of 7 where they learn golf skills and life skills based on nine core values inherent to the game of golf including honesty, integrity, sportsmanship and confidence. With access to the programmes at either low or no cost to the participants, The First Tee aims to introduce golf to young people who might never have had the opportunity and to teach the core values that represent the spirit of golf that young people can use on and off the course.

For further information visit www.thefirstteemanchester.org

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