MCC golfers show people with Parkinson’s disease how the game can be therapeutic

MCC student golfers, along with staff at Topgolf in Overland Park, worked with people with Parkinson’s disease to share how golf movements can help them with the disease.

MCC’s men’s and women’s golf teams partnered with Topgolf in Overland Park on Jan. 24, hosting a free educational event for people with Parkinson’s disease.

The golf teams welcomed more than 40 participants and provided a motor skills-based warm-up to get everyone ready for an afternoon of golf. The professional staff at Topgolf and the student golfers then provided specialized instructional driving-range tips that focused on balance, rotation and movement.

“The student-athletes did a great job working with community members to teach them various ways that golf can help with their disease,” says Brian Bechtel, MCC’s director of athletics.

After seeing the need for this type of event and hearing from the participants, MCC and Topgolf will hold another event April 14, 2-4 p.m. April is Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month. Parkinson’s is a degenerative neurological disorder that impairs movement, muscle control and balance. It usually affects people between ages 55 and 75, but it also can develop in younger people.

Topgolf is an entertainment venue that includes a high-tech driving range.