LAFAYETTE, La. (KLFY) – Learning Is For Everyone otherwise known as the L.I.F.E. program, helps UL students with special needs.
Camrin Sandoz is a member of the Ragin Cajun Golf team as well as the LIFE program.
Last year, Robert, otherwise known as Big Bob, hit the ceremonial first tee shot for the Louisiana Classics.
This year, it was Camrin’s turn.
ted sandoz “The UL LIFE program has given these kids a lot of opportunities that they may not have had,” said Sandoz’s father, Ted, “It’s just been pretty awesome especially being part of a college team.”
Golf is a sport that has always been part of Camrin’s life.
His father is a UL alum and his brother plays as well.
It’s a passion they all share.
“He’s done a lot with special olympics over the years,” explained Ted, “he’s had a lot of opportunity to travel around and play some golf with a bunch of pros and it’s a pretty awesome sport.”
“I play golf with with my dad and my brother which is fun now to watch them play,” said Camrin, “when I grow up, become a PGA member of the team.”
Of course those PGA dreams couldn’t come true without the love and support that surrounds Camrin every day.
“I thank my coach, coach Theo, he does everything for the golf team, I love my golf team and also I love the team, it’s been a fun year.”
If you were to visit Oakbourne Country Club, you would find Camrin on the course, with his teammates, giving advice or words of encouragement.
“It feels fun to be with my golf team.”
While some may think Camrin is the one learning from these interactions, the real impact comes from him.
“These guys on the team have accepted him,” said Ted, “I see him in the locker room this morning, they treat him like he’s everybody else.”
“The joy and smiles and happiness that he brings everyday,” said UL Golf Head Coach Theo Sliman, “it teaches our boys a while heck of a lot.”
Camrin will graduate from UL next Spring.