By Ashley Carney
Nothing excites an athlete quite like the day they get a new set of gear. For Kyle Aragon, a golfer from San Fernando Valley, that day came unexpectedly when PGA professional golfer Luke List set him up with a fitting for a free, new set of golf clubs. Before this, Kyle was used to playing with a mixed collection of clubs.
After getting fitted properly with his new set, Kyle was hitting drives 40 yards farther than his previous personal best! You can bet you’ll be seeing him with these new clubs at the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games.
Kyle started playing golf when clubs were twice his size at just 3 years old. Now 24, he is ready to take his years of experience and practice to Seattle this summer.
He first got involved with Special Olympics through a mutual friend, and since joining has loved getting to know new people and having a community. Special Olympics has also helped Kyle use sports as an outlet for whenever he feels alone or frustrated.
“It’s always helped me get to know who I am,” he said.
Kyle’s biggest role model is his mother. If it weren’t for her, he would not be the man he is today.
“She’s very unique, very rare, something you won’t find hardly ever,” Kyle said.
Kyle can’t wait to travel out of California for the Games. He’s excited to play in a totally new environment, and face a huge window of opportunity to improve his game.
“It’s awesome, that’s all I can say,” he said.
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