The Joe Jackson Foundation held it’s 5th golf tournament September 28th, 2018 at Ocotillo Golf Resort and raised over $6,000. 40 golfers came out for a fun day of play for a good cause supporting individuals with spinal cord injuries continuing to be active. JJF was able to provide Jake Zunich, 26 and an upcoming wheelchair player who plays locally for the Ability360 Phoenix Heat, a check for a new rugby wheelchair. He was very grateful and appreciative for the chance to further his skills with the opportunity of getting a new chair. Thank you to all our sponsors and golfers!
The Ability360 Heat have built a dynasty in the desert.
The wheelchair rugby team has placed in the top five in the nation in 19 of the team’s 20 seasons. They have also won three of the last four national titles.
With multiple past and current Paralympians, and a star of the Academy Award-nominated documentary “Murderball”, on the roster and a state of the art facility to train in at the Ability360 Sports and Fitness Center, the Heat are looking to take home another national title starting on April 19th in Phoenix.Share
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A story about Joe Jackson and Ernie Chun, two players on the Ability360 Heat Wheelchair Rugby team. Both are aiming for a gold medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games, a challenge neither originally planned on. You can watch Joe and Ernie, and the 360Heat, April 19-21 as they compete in the USQRA Nationals at the Ability360 Sports and Fitness Center.
Joe Jackson Foundation, Inc.
P.O. Box 13007 Chandler, AZ 85248-2479
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Todd Jackson
Charity Golf Tournament to Bring Awareness to Spinal Cord Injuries
Chandler, AZ, August 10th, 2017 – The Joe Jackson Foundation (JJF) will be hosting its Fourth Annual JJF Charity Classic Golf Tournament at Ocotillo Golf Resort on, Friday, September 29th, 2017 Plat starts at 1:00 pm. All golfers are welcomed and must register by September 19th online or via mail. The day of tournament registration starts at 11:30 am and tee time at 1:00 pm. The proceeds will benefit the Joe Jackson Foundation Programs by providing grants to children and athletes (26 and under) with spinal cord injuries. Come out and play individually or as a team. Immediately following the tournament, specialty and place awards will be given along with food, raffle drawings and silent auction. For more information, including golfer registration or to become a sponsor, please visit http://www.joejacksonfoundation.org or contact Joe Jackson at 480-205-3163.
Joe Jackson injured his spinal cord during a high school football practice. He worked aggressively on his rehabilitation and maintains a full and active lifestyle. Joe decided to create the JJF Charity Golf Classic as a way to help raise funds for the programs provided by JJF. The grants cover the following programs:
- Driving is Freedom Program – provides funding for driving equipment and lessons,
- Discovering Scuba Program – provides adaptive scuba diving assistance and access to scuba dive equipment and activities,
- Adaptive sports and recreational equipment – provides items such as sport wheelchairs for basketball and tennis, hand bikes for cyclists, sleds for ice hockey and sit-skis for water and downhill skiing.
Joe states, “I’m excited for the tournament to be put on so the Joe Jackson Foundation can raise money and provide sports equipment enabling people living with spinal cord injuries to live an active lifestyle.”