February 21, 2017 Leave a comment
Hope everyone is having a great start to 2017. Back in January, the Alliance was at the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando. Aside from several on-on-one meetings with various organizations and individuals in the golf industry to discuss Inclusion in the game of individuals with dis/Abilities. The biggest event was hosting a gathering of more than 25 organizations and/or individuals who are focused on Inclusion at the grassroots level. Each shared what their programs do to make a positive impact on lives along with sharing best practices with others in the room. On the Saturday following the PGA Show, I was invited to share information about accessibility and working with individuals with dis/Abilities with Golf Professionals students of the Golf Academy of America (GAA) Orlando, and others. David Windsor of Georgia State Golf Association Adaptive Golf and Adaptive Golf Association led the hands-on training in the learning center area of the campus.
In February, the Alliance attended the National Golf Course Owners Association’s Annual Business of Golf Conference along with the Golf Industry Show. Like the meetings at the PGA Show, the Alliance shared information with courses owners, superintendents and others about why the game of golf should be for everyone.
As we have mentioned before, if you have a grassroots program that develops individuals with dis/Abilities into the game of golf, check out our website at www.accessgolf.org for resources as well as an application for the USGA/Alliance Grant Program. With the start this Spring of many programs around the country, consider applying for a grant. You will find grant information under “Program Funding” tab. Through programs that have received grants and through local, regional and national organizations, we have seen that golf can make a positive difference in the lives of those with dis/Abilities. So, when you look at programming to grow the game of golf, consider reaching out to local rehab facilities, hospitals and non-profit/service organizations that work with these individuals. They may have never thought about using golf in their programs.
As we continue our journey into 2017, let’s all strive to ensure that the game of golf is truly “Inclusive.”
Steve Jubb, PGA