SECOND ANNUAL WOUNDED MARINE FUND SYCUAN CASINO GOLF TOURNAMENT
Sycuan Casino hosts the Second Annual Wounded Marine Fund Golf Tournament Friday, April 15, 2016. This tournament will be a four-man scramble format and includes 18-holes of golf at the Willow Course of the Sycuan Golf Resort. The course was rated one of the best San Diego golf vacations as rated by readers of San Diego Union Tribune’s website, SignOnSanDiego.com, as well as top ranked by the San Diego Business Journal. This Tournament benefits Sgt. Nick Kimmel.
Sgt. Nick Kimmel is a triple amputee residing in Fallbrook, CA.
On December 1, 2011, Sgt. Nick Kimmel and his squad were constructing a guard post for the patrol base near Sangin, Afghanistan. Nick stood on the forks of the machinery to ensure the roof was square on the guard post. He then jumped down and landed directly on a forty pound I.E.D. This blast resulted in the amputation of both legs above the knees and his right arm above the elbow.
On December 4, 2011, Nick woke up at Walter Reed Naval Hospital in Bethesda, MD with just his left arm remaining. During the entire month of December, Nick underwent surgery every other day. On January 1, 2012, he left Walter Reed to go to the Navy Medical Center in San Diego to continue his outpatient treatment and physical therapy. Nick was told it would take about 13-15 months to walk with prosthetics- he did it in seven months.
Although Nick only has one limb left, he still enjoys his old hobbies including rock crawling, racing trucks and golfing. He also intends to earn a degree in mechanical engineering to be used towards a career in research and development with a vehicle off-road or a prosthetics company. Sgt. Nick Kimmel advises others, “it’s something that happens and you can’t look back…it is what it is – you can’t change it, you can only move forward … You can’t let anything stop you if you want to do something, you must strive to do it.”<