Father son golf team breaking down barriers
MANATEE COUNTY - Few things compare to gracing the fairways and greens for a round of golf with your dad. Simply losing yourself for a couple hours on the golf course, while creating everlasting memories.
In Bradenton, Florida the father son combination of Chad and Jared Stancil are doing more than just making memories. Twelve year-old Jared Stancil was born with an intellectual disability.
“When he was first born you have questions, and are just searching for answers." Jared's dad, Chad Stancil.
In 2016, Jared and Chad found something that bonded them together forever.
“Just to share in the passion and he loves the game of golf, and just to be out here and spend time together… I can’t put it into words, it’s something we share and you can’t take it away from us,” Chad said.
Competing as a team in Special Olympics Florida, the tandem received a gold medal, booking their ticket to the 2018 Special Olympics U.S Games in Seattle. More than 4,000 athletes and coaches competed against one another, with Jared telling me we have to stick to the formula.
“We always do our best, we can-not give up, we have to persevere.”
The pair plays nine holes every Friday in preparation for their next goal, the 2022 Special Olympic Games in Orlando. In the meantime, Jared shares the same dream of any young man who has ever teed it up with his dad.
“One day I want to try and beat him at golf.”