What is the Perfect Sense Unified Challenge?
The Perfect Sense Unified Challenge is a team event with golfers from The First Tee paired as teammates with wounded veterans and Special Olympics golfers. In addition to playing two rounds of golf at top courses in the nation’s capital, golfers also enjoy a welcome banquet, a career exploration day at Perfect Sense, and a tour of DC’s monuments and museums.
A Participant’s Perspective
by Elizabeth Nguyen, alumna, The First Tee of the Sandhills
“This was an amazing opportunity that really humbled me. I realized how fortunate I am to play the game of golf that I love. I had the opportunity to play with some very inspirational people during the Perfect Sense Unified Challenge. My father is in the US Army, so I have always had great respect for our wounded veterans who risk their lives for our safety and liberty. They all display great humility and honor despite their great accomplishments and sacrifices they have made for our country.
The Special Olympic athletes are all examples of perseverance. They look forward to what they can accomplish and push themselves to do the best they can.
This event also encouraged us to think about our futures and explore career options. These were extremely beneficial for me since I would like to be in the STEM field and Perfect Sense is really on the cutting edge of technology.
Some advice that I received from a few military veterans was, “don’t stop.” Don’t stop playing golf. Don’t stop prioritizing your education. And never stop chasing your goals. I also got a few swing and college golf tips from my pro, PGA TOUR player Ben Ahn.
However, my most memorable part of the event was right after we toured a few museums and we got caught in a torrential downpour. We were all completely soaked, using bags to cover our heads and crowding under street vendor umbrellas. However, our chaperones somehow made this fun. We jumped around in the rain and laughed at each other, and really made the best out of the situation we were in.
Playing Congressional Country Club was really amazing for me. Two years ago I had walked the course watching my brother play in this same event. I started playing golf because of my older brother and have always looked up to him. Playing in this event meant a lot to me because I got to follow in his footsteps.”