Six Months In

Amazing that it is June already. Six months in my role as Executive Director of the National Alliance for Accessible Golf (Alliance). Can’t believe how fast the time has gone by – have enjoyed every minute.

On May 30, I had the opportunity to be a part of the instruction team at Golf Academies of America in Orlando for students of the academy and instructors in the Little Linksters G.O.A.L.S. program in Central Florida. Little Linksters is a program founded by Brendon Elliott, PGA Professional. G.O.A.L.S. is a program that targets very young youth with “different abilities” (disabilities as some call it). Youth come to the program from Special Olympics Florida, United Cerebral Palsy of Central Florida and other agencies.

David Windsor, PGA Professional and founder of the Adaptive Golf Academy, Akin Hughes-Joseph of Special Olympics Florida and I presented how to serve youth with “different abilities” through instruction. In addition, we had a special clinic by Tommy Morrissey and his father and mother. Tommy is a 4 year one-armed golfer who is totally amazing. He impressed everyone with his skills and enjoyment of golf. It was a great day sharing information on why golf for individuals with “different abilities” can not only grow the game of golf but share the enjoyment of our sport.

Coming up later this month, June 22-28, is Alliance Awareness Week. The Alliance was formed in 2001 to ensure the opportunity for all individuals with “different abilities” to play the game of golf. The Alliance is represented by all of the major organizations in golf, recreation and therapeutic organizations and others who advocate for inclusion. Through our grant program in concert with the USGA, we provide assistance to grassroots programs serving individuals with “different abilities.” The Alliance also provides training as we did for Little Linksters and we have resources for individuals with disabilities who wish to become golfers and golf facilities. I hope you will take time to share our message during that week. A donation of a tweet, facebook message or just sharing the information with a colleague will advance our mission and help us reach those who can benefit from what we offer!

Check out the Alliance at http://www.accessgolf.org for more information and find us on Twitter (@accessgolf) and on Facebook.

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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