Orange Grove Champions
Emceed by prominent Chattanoogaattorney Jerry Summers, the 2021 Champions event welcomed guest speakerAmy Bockerstette, and featured a profile of OGC's own Champion, RobertEddington.
The Champions event was a fundraiser for two specific program areas: Healthcare and Georgia Services.
"I Got This!"
Orange Grove was delighted to welcome Amy Bockerstette as the guest speaker for the Champions (virtual) event. Bockerstette, an American collegiate golfer and disabilities advocate, is the first person with Down syndrome to receive athletic scholarship to attend college.
Bockerstette currently plays for Paradise Valley Community College in Phoenix, AZ. She graduated from high school in 2018, having lettered in golf her last three seasons. In 2017, AZCentral.com recognized her with the Best Moment of the Year Award for Arizona High School Sports, and then as one of the "Ten Most Intriguing High School Athletes."
As a representative of Special Olympics Arizona, Bockerstette played in the LPGA Bank of Hope Founders Cup Pro-Am. In 2019, she was invited by the PGA Tour to play the par-3 16th hole at TPC Scottsdale with professional golfer Gary Woodland and playing partner Matt Kuchar during a practice round at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. The video of her parring the hole after hitting into a greenside bunker went viral, racking up 43 million views across various social media platforms.
Her energetic "I got this!" self-encouragement that day captured the imagination of PGA fans and players the world over, and launched her I GOT THIS Foundation. The Foundation's mission is to promote golf instruction and playing opportunities for people with Down syndrome and other intellectual disabilities.
In December 2019, Bockerstette served as one of five Grand Marshals for the 2019 Desert Financial Fiesta Bowl Parade, alongside USWMT soccer players Julie Ertz and Jessica McDonald, US paratriathlete Allysa Seely, and WNBA player Diana Taurasi. In December 2020, Bockerstette was appointed for a two-year term to the President's Council on Sports, Fitness, and Nutrition.
Thank you for helping us expand our Healthcare Services and North Georgia Services!
We raised funds to:• Launch Georgia Residential Services
• Expand and improve our North Georgia physical space
• Increase vocational options for Georgia residents
• Expand telehealth capabilities
• Increase physical therapy and nutrition services
• Upgrade equipment and space in healthcare and dental clinics