From the Executive Director: National Golf Day

It is spring time around most of the country, weather improving and that means golf is starting in full bloom for those parts snowed in this winter.  I am sure it is a relief for most after the tons of snow and brutal cold.

Back around mid-April, I has the opportunity to represent the National Alliance for Accessible Golf on Capitol Hill in DC for National Golf Day with other golf industry organizations.  While a lot of the focus for National Golf Day was on environmental and water issues along with equitable treatment as an industry as other businesses experience by Congress and legislation, I did have an opportunity to address the need and garner support from members of Congress on the health and wellness benefits of inclusion of individuals with disabilities in our sport.  It was encouraging to hear that almost to a person, members of Congress do see the benefits of our sport especially for the population with disabilities.

The National Alliance also conducted our Spring Board meeting in Alexandria and discussed at length strategic objectives to expand the reach of the Alliance.  Some of these initiatives include expanded public awareness of our sport and reaching out to organizations serving individuals with disabilities, even outside of the realm of golf.  In addition, the Alliance will be rolling out a search engine by June that will allow an individual with disabilities to search for facilities that are accessible, have adaptive programming and instruction and may have adaptive equipment.  This search engine will hopefully grow as facilities add their facility and accessible/adaptive information.  Check our website in June for that resources.  In the meantime, if you are an individual with disabilities, check out the toolkit for golfers with disabilities at our website – www.accessgolf.org.

If you are a golf facility and have questions about serving individuals with disabilities, you should check out the Alliance toolkit for golf facilities.  It is a great resource with links to additional information and resources to guide you in making your facility more accessible to individuals with disabilities.

If you have an adaptive golf program already in place and is structured to move an individuals with disability to a more inclusive involvement with the game of golf, also check out the USGA/Alliance Grant program. While not meant to be a funding source for a program forever, it can provide that crucial funding to either start or expand a program.

Look for my blog again next month, and remember – “Golf is for everyone!!”

Steve Jubb, PGA

Executive Director

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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