Isaac Berger’s Athlete Story: Left Hand Below the Elbow
“Each limb-different organization I’ve worked with has become like a family to me. They have provided so much support, opportunities, constant encouragement, and fun. Life is good!” ~Isaac Berger
In 2005, Isaac Berger was born without a left hand, a congenital limb deficiency. Since he was 10 months old, Isaac has been a patient at Shriners Children’s Twin Cities–a children’s hospital that strives to pair children with unique medical needs with doctors who are often recognized as the best by their peers. Many other limb-different organizations have supported Isaac, and it’s fortunate they did because it seems as through Isaac is an up-and-coming golfer in the national golf scene. Just recently in October 2022, Isaac had the opportunity to participate in the ProAm portion of the 2022 Shriners Open in Las Vegas.
“I was able to participate in the ceremonial tee-off with 30 pro golfers.” said Isaac” “Then, I had television and radio interviews both at home and in Las Vegas. Golf is my passion. It was an incredible opportunity!” Currently, Isaac uses a sports arm, with different attachments, the most. A highly active person, Isaac has also participated in youth football, youth hockey, youth basketball, and adaptive cross-country skiing competitions. He also volunteers at his father’s amateur boxing gym and enjoys hunting deer and turkey, and playing the trumpet and euphonium.
The Twin Cities adaptive community is one that often comes together to advocate for individuals with limb differences. “Growing up, each supportive organization led to the introduction of another. Shriners Hospital, Wiggle Your Toes, Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team (now known as the USA Patriots), NubAbility, Never Say Never Foundation, and the North-American One-Armed Golfers Association, have been my key supporters. I’ve also participated in ski camps with Courage Kenny and the US Paralympic Nordic Ski Association. It’s a great community.” Of course, the list of organizations across the US that support amputees expands beyon this group.
The youngest of 5 boys, Isaac was born and raised in Neillsville, Wisconsin. At 17 years old, he is a senior in high school and is looking forward to the future. When asked about his plans, Isaac said that he intends to volunteer as a golf coach this summer and after graduating in May 2023, he hopes to play for college while earning a business-focused degree. After graduating from college, he has set his sights even higher.
“My goal is to continue golfing in national adaptive golf tournaments and someday, in the Paralympics, if golf is added as a sport.”
Wiggle Your Toes is extremely proud of you, Isaac, and we look forward to watching your bright future unfold!