Prairie Grit making golf possible for people with physical disabilities

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BURLINGTON, N.D.- Prairie Grit Adaptive Sports works to make sure those with physical and cognitive disabilities can play sports.

They started in 2016 with their sled hockey program, but have since expanded to many other arenas, including the golf course.

It's been eight years since the accident that took Ben Johnson's ability to walk, but that's not stopping him from playing the game he loves.

"It really changes your life because sports is a big competitive thing and it's great to be able to be competitive again, get back out there, and hit some balls," said Johnson.

These adaptive golf carts can cost more than $20,000, but for those who get to use them, they're worth every penny.

"Hey can you pass me the golf ball?" said Prairie Grit athlete Kyle Wihelm.

Ben's playing in the second annual Prairie Grit Golf Scramble raising money to help fund the adaptive golf program you can't find anywhere else in the state.

"It's a one seat golf cart that has a hydraulic lift on it, and you're strapped in at your chest, your waist and your knees. It lifts you up into a standing position if you can't do it on your own. It gives you the ability to play golf," said Prairie Grit Fundraising Director Drew Hanson.

Gearing up these golfers to get back on the course.

Prairie Grit is also hosting three upcoming adaptive track camps. One this Wedesday, June 5th, and also on June 10th and 19th at Erik Ramstad Middle School.