May 20th, 2014
PGA PROFESSIONAL MARC LEISHMAN PRESENTS EQUI-KIDS THERAPEUTIC RIDING PROGRAM WITH A $6,000 DONATION
Australia’s Marc Leishman participated in his first ever Presidents Cup in 2013 at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin-Columbus, Ohio. In The Presidents Cup, players are not paid for their participation; instead, each competitor allocates a portion of the proceeds to the charity of their choosing. EQUI-KIDS Therapeutic Riding Program was the charity of choice for Mr. Leishman.
Through the generous support of donors like Marc Leishman, EQUI-KIDS is able to make the impossible possible for disabled individuals – each and every day. Therapeutic riding offers physical, mental and emotional gains for special needs participants. Weekly lesson sessions help riders strengthen muscles, and improve their balance and coordination. Communication and socialization is dramatically enhanced as the generous nature of the horses and ponies builds ardent bonds, increasing trust and confidence for the pair with each session.
The benefits received from EQUI-KIDS therapeutic riding lessons are immediate and evident, not only for riders but for family members, as well. For a person whose disability confines them to a wheelchair, their lesson provides them independence and the ability to walk strong and tall on the back of an EQUI-KIDS horse or pony. For an autistic child who rarely speaks or avoids eye contact and touch, their lesson breaks boundaries as they tell their horse to “Walk On” . . . patting their horse and connecting with their instructor and volunteers.
“EQUI-KIDS is grateful to Marc for his incredibly generous gift” states EQUI-KIDS Executive Director Jill Haag. “He and his wife Audrey have been very supportive of what we do, and we honor their dedication to make a difference here in our community.”
Founded in 1989, EQUI-KIDS Therapeutic Riding Program is a 501(c)3 organization located in Virginia Beach, Virginia. We have grown to become one of the largest accredited equine riding programs in the country benefiting the special needs community. We provide equine-assisted activities to a diverse group of riders each week and our programs offer support to individuals with disabilities such as Down syndrome, autism, multiple sclerosis, traumatic brain injury, cerebral palsy, amputation, mental and physical disabilities, attention deficit disorder and more.
EQUI-KIDS has made a life-changing difference in the lives of hundreds of individuals in Hampton Roads. For more information, visit www.equikids.org.