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Register now for this year’s SoCal Rehab Golf Classic, the only tournament in San Diego that pairs able-bodied golfers with the physically challenged. This year marks the 18th year since its inception. “It’s such a wonderful event! Golfers from all over the county look forward to it,” exclaims Mary Williams, co-coordinator of the event.

The SoCal Rehab Golf Classic is an annual 9-hole scramble golf tournament where three or more players form a team comprised of at least one individual with a physical challenge, with rules emphasizing fun without the pressure of keeping individual scores. It will take place on September 26, 12 PM-7 PM at the Riverwalk Golf Club, 1150 Fashion Valley Road, San Diego. Participation and sponsorships range from $45-$5000. You can find a link to register online at Reduced early bird registration fees apply if you register before August 23!

That concept of post-treatment socialization is the core idea behind the half-dozen programs sponsored by Alvarado Hospitals San Diego Rehabilitation Institute (SDRI) that are designed, like the SoCal Golf Club, to help patients’ after they have left the hospital. These programs—the SoCal Rehab Golf Program, the Stroke Peer Visitor Program, the Comebackers Neuro Club, the Alvarado Balance Club, the Aphasia Group, and the Art for All program—are collectively known as PALS: Programs for Active Living and Support. “Things like our PALS programs, like the Golf Club, are great all-around tools for us to help our patients overcome their challenges,” states physical medicine and rehab physician Gerard Arcilla. “The golf programs help our patients develop physical strength, but also the competition it fosters gives our patients that drive, that passion to move, to get better.”

For more information about the SoCal Rehab Golf Classic, call us at (619) 229-7362, or visit us online at