Howdy ya’ll. I am so excited this week. I am filling out my TEE Tournament application! Oh yeah…I am Cindy Foster, legally blind and have not been brave enough to go places I have never been until now. Hines Alumni friends have encouraged me to try and I am actually doing it. The deadline for submitting an application is May 1st, 2018 so don’t wait…get er done!
What is the TEE Tournament? A week of hanging out with other blind veterans playing golf and other sports. TEE stands for “Training, Exposure, Experience.” They are celebrating the 25th anniversary this year and are adding an extra day and several extra activities including a concert.
This is an excerpt from the application packet:
“Dear Veteran and Family Member:
The purpose of this letter is to invite you to attend the 25th Annual National Disabled Veteran’s TEE (Training, Exposure, Experience) Tournament. The TEE Tournament is a sporting and rehabilitative experience for veterans with life changing disabilities. The event is sponsored by the VA’s National Sports Programs and Special Events and Iowa City VA Health Care System.
The goal of the event is to provide Veterans with disabilities an opportunity to develop new skills and strengthen their self-esteem through golf. In addition to the game of golf, there is also an opportunity for veterans to be exposed to and experience a variety of rehabilitative, adaptive sports such as bowling, kayaking, horseshoes, tandem cycling, disc (Frisbee) golf and horseback riding activities. The TEE Tournament promotes rehabilitation, fellowship, and camaraderie among Veteran participants.
If you are interested in this week-long event full of therapeutic adaptive sporting activities, we encourage you to fill out the attached application and return it to the address listed. Be sure to fill the application out completely and note the following changes concerning this year’s event:
• We need you to provide us your full SSN, date of birth and complete name to record your participation at the event in your medical record.
• Registration fees for the event are $100.00
• Checks/money orders for registration should be made out to: DAV/TEE Tournament.
• Refunds due to a cancelation must be made 14 days prior to the event to confirm/secure that a refund will be returned.
• There has been some confusion in the past over the difference between a Companion and a Volunteer.
o A “Volunteer1’ is someone who assists the Veteran during the event and has filled out a “Volunteer Application” in most cases they are “Golf Buddies” on the golf course.
o A “Companion” is someone who pays extra to attend a “Companion Program”. The Companion Program is specifically designed for spouses and caretakers of Veterans. The Companion does not golf with the Veteran and attends a different program each day, while their Veteran is assisted by someone else on the golf course.
• Participants are required to attend the entire week.
The TEE Tournament will be held in the Iowa City, Iowa area September 9-14, 2018; all participants will register on SUNDAY, September 9th. In addition, each day will be full of opportunities to meet new people and enjoy the friendly atmosphere of the area. Each evening will have an activity offered, with the closing banquet on Thursday, September 13th. The banquet will be an evening of camaraderie and entertainment to end this special week.
I hope that you can be a part of TEE Tournament this year.
Kirt Sickels Director, NVTEE Tournament Event Kirt.Sickels@va.gov / 319-358-5963”
I look forward to meeting you all there!
The Camaraderie Crew
Cindy Foster – journalist/editor/chairperson
Keith Heltsley – journalist/editor
Janell Groskreutz – journalist/editor
Loraine Angelini – researcher