From the Executive Director: The Alliance and the PGA Merchandise Show

Last week, I had the opportunity to attend the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando on behalf of the National Alliance for Accessible Golf.  The Show seems to get bigger each year with plenty of education programs, forums along with the various exhibitors from the golf industry.  The aisles were packed with attendees and it appeared that exhibitors were happy with the business being written.

During the Show, I attended the We Are Golf breakfast which is the government relations outreach by the golf industry to the Federal and State government agencies.  As we have changes in Washington, DC, it will be interesting to see where golf will stand with the Congress going forward.  As a side note, the Golf Industry will visit Capitol Hill in DC on April 15th to share information with Congress on the importance of the golf industry in our economy, to the support of charitable outreach and for the health of the nation.

During my visit to the Show, I had the opportunity to meet with several members of the Board of Directors of the Alliance to discuss strategic goals for the Alliance going forward into 2015.  We have an excellent opportunity to expand the efforts of the Alliance and ensure that golf is accessible to everyone including individuals with disabilities.

It was also interesting to listen to the new direction for PGA REACH (formerly the PGA Foundation) and the PGA of America.  Focus is centered on Veterans and Wounded Warriors and using golf as part of their rehab through the program entitled PGA HOPE.  The program is expanding across the country and making a positive impact on lives.  In addition, PGA REACH is partnering with Els for Autism Foundation to use golf for individuals within the Autism Spectrum.

Finally, during the Show, I was able to meet with some of the Allied Associations in golf to discuss how the Alliance can work with them to educate their memberships on serving individuals with disabilities through the game.

All in all, it was a very rewarding and productive 3 days at the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando sharing the message that golf is for everyone.

Thanks and until next time,

Steve Jubb, PGA

About National Alliance for Accessible Golf
The National Alliance for Accessible Golf is a coalition of recreational, therapeutic, and golf organizations committed to the inclusion of people with disabilities through the game of golf.

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