McGladrey Golf Skills Experience benefits Special Olympics

The experience allowed athletes to practice the skills necessary to compete in the Special Olympics’ golf competition. (Photo provided)

Staff Report

The Rockford office of McGladrey LLP, the nation’s fifth-largest provider of assurance, tax and consulting services, recently hosted its Second Annual McGladrey Golf Skills Experience to benefit Special Olympics Illinois. The event was at the Rockford Park District’s Aldeen Golf and Practice Centre.

The Experience allowed Special Olympics athletes to practice the skills necessary to compete in the Special Olympics’ golf competition. The skills included the short putt, long putt, chip shot, pitch shot, iron shot and wood shot, which the athletes practiced with six Rockford Park District golf professionals. It also gave athletes who have never held a golf club an opportunity to experience the game of golf.

McGladrey employees understand the importance of giving back to the communities where they live and work, and have an 85-year history of supporting those communities. The firm celebrates employees’ interest in volunteerism through its annual National Volunteer Day. Last year, more than 2,100 McGladrey employees participated in more than 135 volunteer initiatives across the country. The firm also supports Special Olympics, Boys and Girls Clubs of Southeast Georgia and other national and local charitable organizations through The McGladrey Classic, a PGA Tour Fall Series event sponsored by McGladrey.

The combination of Volunteer Day and The McGladrey Classic sparked the idea of the McGladrey Golf Skills Experience in 2011. The popular event grew in 2012, with double the number of participants and employee volunteers.

We were blessed with tremendous weather and a great turnout of volunteers and Olympians for the 2012 McGladrey Golf Skills experience,” said Chuck Blomgren, a partner with the firm’s Rockford office. “Watching those participants sinking a putt, hitting the ball 10 feet and getting excited about receiving certificates and ribbons certainly puts it all in perspective. I appreciate the planning committee for all its hard work. It was a great day to be part of the McGladrey team.”

Jessica Macklin, a McGladrey supervisor, added: “Absolutely a perfect day for the McGladrey Golf Skills Experience! Nothing better than seeing the huge smiles on the participants’ faces. I am grateful to work for a company that supports Volunteer Day and the Special Olympics.”

Last year, the Experience raised more than $10,000 for Special Olympics Illinois. With the co-sponsorship of the CWB Foundation and assistance from the Rockford Park District, McGladrey is well on its way to surpassing that amount this year.

Special Olympics Illinois is a not-for-profit organization offering year-round training and competition in 19 sports for more than 21,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities and more than 11,000 young athletes ages 2-7 with and without intellectual disabilities.

Special Olympics changes lives by empowering people with intellectual disabilities to realize their full potential in sports and in life. Special Olympics programs enhance physical fitness, motor skills, self-confidence, social skills and encourage family and community support.

Learn more about Special Olympics by calling 800-394-0562 or visiting

From the Nov. 7-13, 2012, issue

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