‘Golfing for my Grandson’

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Local grandfather joins Tournament Planning Committee at Crossroads School

Jim Lamb and his grandson, Emmett
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Marlborough – For the fourth year in a row, golfers will enjoy a day on the course to support students with autism at Crossroads School. The annual fundraiser takes place at the Marlborough Country Club and invites families, friends, and community members to get involved with this nonprofit organization through the game of golf. This year, the event has already sold out, with more than 120 participants registered.

New to the course this year is Jim Lamb, whose grandson, Emmett, started attending Crossroads School earlier this year. The school is located in Marlborough and serves students with autism and related diagnoses from over 40 communities. Many of these students require speech services, physical therapy, and occupational therapy, as well as one-to-one supervision.

“Emmett has a rare genetic syndrome called Angelman Syndrome,” explained Lamb. “This disorder occurs in about 1 of 15,000 births. It is related to autism in that Emmett is nonverbal and requires constant supervision.”

Emmett is 12 and was in a public school system for most of his life. Recently, the family determined they needed more support than the public school system could give. That’s when they found Crossroads.

“Emmett was accepted in January and is doing great,” said Lamb. “He is very active, loves his younger brother, Wyatt, and throwing rocks into local lakes and ponds. Emmett is generally very happy and is the love of his family and his neighborhood. He brings joy and smiles to those around him.”

Lamb moved to Stow to be closer to family, and after a year here, felt like it was time to get involved with the community.

“Following my corporate career, I became very involved in the nonprofit community,” he said. “I worked with a nonprofit organization that provided programs and services for individuals with intellectual and other disabilities for almost 10 years.”

In his nonprofit roles, Lamb helped organize several charity golf events. So, it was a no-brainer for him to join the planning committee for the 4th Annual Crossroads Golf Tournament.

“When I toured Crossroads, I was very impressed with the staff and especially the design of the school. It is rare to see a school designed from the ground up to specifically meet the special needs of the students,” Lamb said.

He also joined the Development Committee at Crossroads, and is in the process of planning an event for family and friends of Crossroads students to experience the school.

“While I am still new to the Development Committee and Golf Committee, I am impressed with the quality and enthusiasm of the other committee members,” he said.

Lamb will be thinking about Emmett, and all the students at Crossroads School, while he’s out on the course on Thursday, Sept. 26.

This tournament is sold out, but you can join the waitlist, or make a donation, at give.crossroadsschoolma.org/golf2019. For sponsorship opportunities and corporate partnerships, email Kelley Borer-Miller at: [email protected]. To learn more about Crossroads School, visit: www.crossroadsschoolma.org.