The objective with Happy Someday Inc. is to provide respite vacations to caregivers and special needs families that restore and strengthen bonds while they enjoy new experiences together in relaxed settings.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, about one in six children in the United States had a developmental disability in 2006-2008, ranging from mild disabilities such as speech and language impairments to serious developmental disabilities, such as intellectual disabilities, cerebral palsy, and autism. In addition, about one in 68 children has been identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) according to estimates from CDC’s Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network.
“Our golf event is very different,” said Leo Cooley, founder of Happy Someday. “As a family with a special needs child, we don’t do ‘typical’ – ever. We can’t, so we embrace our circumstances, develop ways to work around them, and make the best of our situation. At times, this life makes us a little loopy but learn to ‘go with it’ as best we can. We wanted to embed some of that into the golfers’ experience.”
NEM donates a Giant Inflatable Gorilla every year to the Happy Someday’s Fun on the Fairway golf tournament. The Gorilla is placed in the middle of one of the fairways and players take aim in an attempt to hit the inflatable with their golfball. All player that hit the Gorilla win a prize.