LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - High Point Village held its first ever golf tournament at the Rawls Golf Course on Friday, to raise money and awareness for people with intellectual disabilities.
High Point Village is an enrichment center for people 18 and older with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The program likes to call them Villagers.
"I think it's important to recognize our villagers' abilities and not disabilities because they have so many abilities. They're able to love and give you so much love - cherish you, they're really unique and amazing people," Anna Lewis with High Point Village said. "I really think it's great because some of our golfers haven't heard of High Point Village before and they're able to meet out villagers on the course today and really get to know them for who they are."
Over 25 golfers came out to support this fundraiser in honor of High Point Village and their villagers. When the tournament began, villagers were able to help the golfers tee off on the first hole of the game.
This gave the villagers and players an opportunity to work together and gave the villagers a chance to build social skills and have the opportunity to interact with members of the community.
"There's a lot of kind of stereotypes on people who have intellectual disabilities and things like that about that they can't do much, that they can only do this or that, but our villagers are so full of love," Jemima Johnson with High Point Village said. "They have so much to offer, they are so lively, so interactive and we just want people to see that."
High Point Village is a day program that gives the villagers a chance to learn through activities that include money management, life skills, and communications skills.
Program organizers hope to have this event every year.