CVS Caremark Charity Classic Hosts Series Of Golf Clinics For Veterans Of All Abilities Charitable Tournament Partners with Professional Golfers to Host Special Clinics in Multiple Cities

WOONSOCKET, R.I., Oct. 31, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- As part of its philanthropic mission, the CVS Caremark Charity Classic is hosting a series of golf clinics for veterans of all abilities. Headlining the clinics are some of the world's top professional golfers who participated in the 2013 Charity Classic, including Annika Sorenstam, Billy Horschel and Juli Inkster.

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Working in partnership with the nonprofit organization Golf For All, the first clinic, taking place on November 1, will feature Sorenstam at her ANNIKA Academy in Reunion, Florida followed by two events with Inkster at St. Andrew's Country Club in Boca Raton, Florida. Additionally, Horschel will treat wounded veterans to a clinic at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Verde Beach, Florida. 

Golf For All, a program of the Northeast Accessible Golf Association, provides accessible golf programs and clinics for veterans with physical, emotional and cognitive challenges. Specializing in teaching golfers with adaptive needs, PGA professional and Golf For All co-founder Bob Beach will also be on hand at the clinics providing each veteran tailored, one-on-one instruction including the use of adaptive equipment such as the special Paragolfer. Beach was recently awarded the prestigious Patriot Award by the PGA of America (2013). The award recognizes a PGA Professional who personifies patriotism through the game of golf and demonstrates unwavering commitment and dedication to the men and women who have served in the armed forces. At the clinics, CVS Caremark colleagues will come together with the veterans to enjoy a day of camaraderie on the golf course.

"The CVS Caremark Charity Classic is proud to support the men and women who protect & serve our country through this series of golf clinics," said Eileen Howard Boone, Tournament Chairwoman, CVS Caremark Charity Classic. "This event is a natural extension of our company's longstanding commitment to veterans and our annual tournament's charitable mission. We know that our colleagues, the participating veterans and the pro golfers will truly enjoy this unique event which combines golf and camaraderie."

"It's an honor to work with Annika, Juli and the CVS Caremark Charity classic on these clinics.  Events like these are an important element in the year-round programming Golf For All offers and help us achieve our mission of providing access to the game of golf for people with disabilities," said Bob Beach, co-founder, Golf For All. "Our proven programs use the inherent therapeutic qualities of golf to promote inclusion, self-confidence and independence, while also providing a community in which participants can thrive." 

"I'm humbled and honored to spend time with this incredible group of veterans who have selflessly dedicated their lives to serving their country," said Sorenstam.  "As a golfer, it's especially gratifying to see how the game of golf has such a positive impact in their lives.  I'm thrilled to be a part of this special clinic." 

About the CVS Caremark Charity Classic

The CVS Caremark Charity Classic is Rhode Island's largest charitable sporting event. Since 1999, the CVS Caremark Charity Classic has driven more than $16 million to charities, providing vital funding for a variety of critical programs serving children, families and people in transition throughout Southeastern New England. For more information, visit cvscharityclassic.com.

About Golf For All
Golf For All, a benefiting charity of the CVS Caremark Charity Classic, is dedicated to providing access to the game of golf for veterans and other people with disabilities. Golf For All runs year-round programming for veterans, people with autism, Parkinson's Disease and movement disorders, spinal cord injuries and paralysis, cerebral palsy, Down Syndrome as well as amputees, blind golfers and more. For more information, please visit www.golfforall.org.

About CVS Caremark
CVS Caremark is dedicated to helping people on their path to better health as the largest integrated pharmacy company in the United States. Through the company's more than 7,500 CVS/pharmacy stores; its leading pharmacy benefit manager serving more than 60 million plan members; and its retail health clinic system, the largest in the nation with more than 700 MinuteClinic locations, it is a market leader in mail order, retail and specialty pharmacy, retail clinics, and Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plans. As a pharmacy innovation company with an unmatched breadth of capabilities, CVS Caremark continually strives to improve health and lower costs by developing new approaches such as its unique Pharmacy Advisor program that helps people with chronic diseases, such as diabetes, obtain and stay on their medications. Find more information about how CVS Caremark is reinventing pharmacy for better health at www.info.cvscaremark.com

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Patti O'Donnell

Joanne Dwyer

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patti.o'donnell@peterjacobsensports.com

jdwyer@cvs.com

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