AUGUSTA, GA & STATEN ISLAND, NY— November 4, 2016— The Chiari & Syringomyelia Foundation (CSF) has partnered with E-Z-GO®, an operating division of Textron Inc., to produce handicap-accessible golf cars designed for children and adults with physical disabilities. Utilizing technology developed by engineering students at Georgia Tech and made possible by a CSF grant, these vehicles will allow children with paralysis to easily maneuver a golf course in comfort with plenty of room to swing a club.
E-Z-GO golf cars are designed and manufactured by Textron Specialized Vehicles Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company. CSF’s work to help create the golf car was borne from its work with the family of legendary golfer Bobby Jones, who struggled with mobility issues due to syringomyelia.
“I’m so thankful to Georgia Tech, E-Z-GO and the Jones family for partnering with us on this project to improve the lives of children, and to give them the opportunity to enjoy the sport of golf with their friends and family,” said Dorothy Poppe, CSF Executive Director.
The new golf car will make a difference for children like Gabby DiSalvo, whose ability to play golf with her twin brother was made difficult after she was bound to a wheelchair by myofibrillar myopathy. The first accessible golf car built will benefit Gabby, her family and the Staten Island community, with CSF covering half the cost of the vehicle.
“We are so excited about this car, and I know that Gabby is looking forward to playing golf with her brother,” said Debbie Mastromarino, president of Making the Turn Golf Academy.
The Chiari & Syringomyelia Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, was founded in 2007 and was built on leadership, vision and commitment to find a cure for Chiari malformation (CM), syringomyelia (SM) and related disorders. Many recognized world-class physicians and scientists agreed to collaborate on our superior Scientific Education & Advisory Board. The dedicated members of our Board of Directors and Trustees have been advocates in the community for years. CSF raises funds for education and awareness programs, as well as critical scientific and biomedical research. In partnership with the Jones family, CSF is holding its sixth annual Bobby Jones Classic for CSF on May 21-22, 2017 at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, Georgia.
E-Z-GO, a division of Textron Inc., is renowned worldwide for golf cars, utility vehicles, and personal transportation vehicles. E-Z-GO products include RXV and TXT® fleet golf cars, Freedom RXV and Freedom TXT® personal golf cars, Express™ personal utility vehicles, and the 2Five® street-legal low-speed vehicle. Founded in 1954 in Augusta, Georgia, E-Z-GO became part of Textron Inc. in 1960.visit www.ezgo.com.