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Girl Scout introduces special needs kids to joys of golf

Cayton Coburn, a 15-year old Oaks Christian sophomore and member of Girl Scout Troop 133 in Thousand Oaks, created, organized and executed a four-week golf clinic and tournament for children with brain injuries and special needs for her Gold Award project, “Swing Back.”

The Gold Award is the highest achievement in Girl Scouts and requires girls to identify an issue, investigate it thoroughly, create a plan to address it, build a team to help carry out the plan and, finally, take action.

Cayton said she has a friend in Girl Scouting who inspired the project.

As a result of a stroke that occurred when she was a baby, the friend has difficulty playing sports, Cayton said.

“I started doing research because it was really heart- breaking for me. I thought it was really sad she couldn’t compete at the same level as others,” she said.

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