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October 4th, 2016

Tournament-record Helicopter Ball Drop sales highlight fundraising efforts

MESA, Ariz. — Ability360’s inaugural Charity Golf Tournament was a resounding success, raising more than $45,000 for programs offered by the Ability360 Sports and Fitness Center. Hosted by Longbow Golf Club in Mesa, Ariz., on Friday, Sept. 23, the tournament kicked off Ability360 Sports & Fitness Center’s 5th anniversary celebration. Photos from the event can be found here.

"We are so proud of our inaugural golf tournament, and our amazing team at Ability360 and Longbow Golf Club that made it happen," said Meghan Fable, Director of Development for Ability360. "Based on the rave reviews from our sponsors and participants, we look forward to planning our second annual tournament in 2017!"

A Longbow Golf Club tournament-record 1,450 balls were sold as part of a Helicopter Ball Drop. The NHL’s Arizona Coyotes mascot, Howler, poured the balls out of the helicopter. First prize in the ball drop was one 12-person Luxury Suite at a 2016-2017 Arizona Coyotes hockey game, compliments of the Arizona Coyotes. Second prize was a custom ticket package to the 2017 Waste Management Phoenix Open, compliments of The Thunderbirds. And third prize was a pair of 18k white gold and diamond pave small hoop earrings, and a pair of 18k white gold and diamond “Signature Filigree Disc” earring charms, compliments of Oliver Smith Jeweler.

“It was an honor and privilege for Longbow Golf Club to host this outstanding event, filled with inspirational members of our community,” said Developer and General Manager Bob McNichols. “Ability360’s mission is to empower people with all disabilities, and I am delighted to have been able to help accomplish this goal in any way I can.”

Tournament organizers added a twist for the sold out, 144-player event: Each playing foursome included a member of the Ability360 staff or a member with and without disabilities, to talk about the importance and value of inclusion in sports, as well as Ability360’s role in providing resources and expertise to help achieve health and fitness goals. Several members of the Ability360 staff and members are avid and regular golfers who use adaptive equipment.

Longbow Golf Club has long been a leader in the support of access for the disabled to the game of golf. It was the one of the first golf courses in Arizona to purchase two SoloRider golf cars for use by disabled players, and also introduced Stand Up and Play cars for paraplegic golfers. Seats on the SoloRider swivel 350 degrees to allow easy exits, and make full swings from the seated position.

For more information about Ability360, or its Charity Golf Tournament, visit, or contact Meghan Fable at

About Ability360
Ability360, formerly Arizona Bridge to Independent Living (ABIL), continues a 35-year tradition of empowering programs for people with all disabilities. Ability360 offers and promotes programs to empower people with disabilities to take personal responsibility so that they may achieve or continue independent lifestyles within the community.  The independent living philosophy states that people with disabilities should have the same civil rights, options, and control over choices in their own lives as do people without disabilities. Ability360 is located at 5025 E. Washington St. Ste. 200, Phoenix, AZ 85034. For more information, please visit, or call (602) 256-2245.

About Ability360 Sports & Fitness Center
The Ability360 Sports & Fitness Center is a fully adaptive 45,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility offering a range of equipment, opportunities and professional trainers and staff for both able-bodied and disabled men, women and children. The facility includes wheelchair accessible weight machines, an aquatic area equipped with lifts and elevators, accessible locker rooms and more. The facility is the only one of its kind in the Western United States and one of only two in the nation.

About Longbow Golf Club
Longbow Golf Club is a host facility for The First Tee of Phoenix, Youth on Course, the Fisher Bryan Golf Academy, Golf Fest the largest golf equipment and innovation show in Arizona, the LPGA Symetra Tour Gateway Classic and LPGA Founder’s Cup Qualifying, USGA events, the Arizona Junior Challenge and PING AJGA Heather Farr Classic, Home of Mesa Community College Golf Teams, the NCAA Notre Dame University Women’s Golf Clover Cup Invitational, Western Athletic (WAC) Men’s and Women’s Championships, National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Men’s and Women’s Golf Championships and Gateway All American and Cactus Tour events, among others. Longbow Golf Club is consistently ranked among the top courses by local, state and national publications, golf writers and course raters.

About OB Sports
Longbow Golf Club is professionally managed by OB Sports Golf Management, a diversified, golf-oriented company with a long history of success in the golf industry.  OB Sports currently manages close to 60 premier golf courses and country clubs throughout the United States. Known for its comprehensive and personalized services since 1972, OB Sports has become widely acclaimed as the leader in boutique-style golf course management. For more information about OB Sports Golf Management, visit, call (480) 948-1300, become a Fan of OB Sports on Facebook, follow OB Sports on Twitter, or visit the OB Sports YouTube channel.

David Bataller | (480) 948-1300