April 6, 2017 Leave a comment
You have seen me promote in this blog many times over the last few years the USGA/National Alliance for Accessible Golf Grant Program. The National Alliance and the United States Golf Association (USGA) believe that golf should be open to everyone and supports a wide variety of programs that create opportunities for individuals with disabilities to participate in the sport. The Alliance and the USGA formed a grant-making partnership back in 2010 to advance opportunities for individuals with disabilities through the game of golf. This partnership is a component of the USGA’s initiatives which have contributed more than $5 million since 1997 as well as promotion of programs that serve individuals with disabilities. Most recently, the USGA announced that they will be developing events at a national level for individuals with disabilities. While that initiative is in the early stages, this along with the proliferation of programs around the country making golf accessible is a great sign that golf is moving towards inclusion.
The USGA/National Alliance for Accessible Golf Grant Program supports organizations which provide opportunities for individuals with disabilities to learn and enjoy the game of golf and its inherent values. The Alliance and the USGA share the belief that the game of golf is exceptionally well-suited to allow individuals with disabilities to participate in a recreational or competitive activity with participants who have various types of disabilities as well as those who do not have disabilities. We encourage inclusive programming – opportunities that allow participants with disabilities and participants without disabilities to learn and play the game side by side.
The Alliance Grants Committee believes that the values of the game are best learned by playing the game. As such, the Alliance places great emphasis on providing opportunities for participants to experience golf to the fullest extent possible. Programs should offer affordable and accessible opportunities for participants to experience golf both during scheduled programming and after programming is concluded.
Funds are available so if you have a program that meets the criteria for the grants, apply today. Go to www.accessgolf.org and click on Program Funding.
On another note, the National Alliance for Accessible Golf will be participating in this year’s National Golf Day on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on April 26th. The morning before on April 25th in cooperation with the Middle Atlantic Section, PGA, there will be a golf demo/clinic on The Mall in DC between 3rd Street and 4th Street near Madison Avenue. In addition, participants in National Golf Day will be doing a beautification project on The Mall in the same area. If you are in the area, stop by and say hello.
Steve Jubb, PGA – Executive Director