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Previously a local program, this new national event provides legally blind and eligible disabled Veterans an opportunity to develop new skills and strengthen their self-esteem through adaptive golf and bowling events. Each year, the TEE Tournament uses a therapeutic format to promote rehabilitation, fellowship and camaraderie among participants. The event provides eligible Veterans with an opportunity to participate in therapeutic adaptive sporting activities which demonstrate that having a visual or physical disability need not be an obstacle to an active, rewarding life.

Athlete registration for this event is closed.

Volunteer registrations are still being accepted at this time.
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2018 Event Schedule
2018 Information Sheet
NDVTEE Tournament Poster
Kick Off Concert

Sponsors & Hosts:

  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
  • Disabled American Veterans – DAV
  • Hosted by the Iowa City VA HCS
  • Iowa City Community Volunteers

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Events:

This four day clinic consists of golf and golf instruction as our catalyst, with opportunities of exposure to kayaking, pontoon fishing, horseback riding, horseshoes, disc golf, and adaptive biking as well as other health educational opportunities.

Location:

The clinic will be held in the Iowa City, Iowa area.

 

Eligibility:

Participation is open to U.S. military Veterans with visual impairments, amputations, traumatic brain injuries, psychological trauma, certain neurological conditions, spinal cord injuries and other disabilities, who receive care in any Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care facility.

 

What do I need to bring with me to the event?

Participants should bring clothes appropriate for the golf course, a hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, MEDICATION, personal identification and personal equipment (i.e. golf clubs, bowling ball).

For information or to request an application, please contact

NDVTEE Director:

Kirt Sickels
(319) 358-5963

TEE Tournament Program Specialist:

Kimberly Heeren
(319) 358-5962 (office)
(319) 621-0891 (mobile)
601 Hwy 6 West
Iowa City, IA 52246

DAV National Voluntary Services Director:

John Kleindienst
(859) 442-2056

VA Media Lead

Jennifer Dikes
(385) 227-2906

DAV Media Lead

Charity Edgar
(202) 641-4822

 

Eldon Miller has been teeing up at the National Veterans Training, Exposure, and Experience (TEE) Tournament since the program began over 20 years ago.

Miller, an Army Veteran from Kalona, Iowa, was 21 years old in 1974 when he lost his vision after a truckload of ammunition exploded during a training exercise.

“You learn to depend a lot on your hearing,” he said. “There are always different challenges you have to overcome.”

In 1994, Miller was one of 36 Veterans to participate in the inaugural Veterans adaptive golf clinic in Nauvoo, Ill, an event that would eventually evolve into the National Disabled Veterans TEE Tournament.

Today, the program provides adaptive golf instruction and other physical activities for nearly 200 Veterans representing 33 states across the country.

“As a Veteran, you really look forward to these events,” Miller said. “They keep you active and keep you motivated.”

The National Disabled Veterans TEE Tournament is once again hosted by the Iowa City VA Healthcare System where Miller receives his care, including nearly 350 volunteers from the local community.

“Our local VA is so dedicated,” he said. “This is only possible because of them.”

Video Spotlight

Veteran’s Recovery…Using Golf!


When Army Veteran Homer Hudnall, Jr lost his right leg, he thought it was over. But then, Homer discovered the therapeutic value of adaptive sports, and he hasn’t looked back. Homer credits the National Disabled Veterans TEE Tournament with saving his life. Learn more about the TEE Tournament at www.tee.va.gov!

TEE Tournament GIVE Program


TEE Tournament GIVE Program featured on Golf Channel’s Morning Drive

DAV Past National Commander, Dave Riley


Celebrating its 25th Anniversary, the National Disabled Veterans TEE Tournament provides legally blind and eligible disabled Veterans an opportunity to develop new skills through adaptive golf and sporting activities. The TEE Tournament uses a therapeutic format to promote rehabilitation, fellowship and camaraderie among participants. VA strives to show Veterans that having a visual or physical disability need not be an obstacle to an active, rewarding life.