From the Executive Director: Who We Are

Well, summer is almost over, children are back or going back to school and now we are entering my most favorite time of the year – Fall.  Hope everyone had a great summer of golf.

During the summer, several people have contacted our office asking “Who is the National Alliance for Accessible Golf?”  While most of the national golf associations in the United States know of the Alliance because they are represented on the Board of Directors of the Alliance along with other recreation and therapeutic organizations, many grassroots programs serving individuals with disabilities as well as the general public may have not heard of the Alliance and what we do.  So, I thought I would take this opportunity to share with you all briefly who the National Alliance for Accessible Golf is and what we do.

The National Alliance for Accessible Golf was formed in 2001 as a national organization of the golf industry working to ensure the opportunity for all individuals with disabilities to play the game of golf.  About 57 million people in the United States have some form of disability.  That is nearly 1 in 5 people in the USA.  According to a study conducted by the National Center on Accessibility at Indiana University a few years ago, 10 percent of people with disability now play golf; 22 percent played before their disability; and 35 percent don’t play now but might be interested in learning or returning to the game.

When the golf industry talks about “Growing the Game,” obviously the population with disabilities provides great opportunity to do so.  Through education, training, and awareness, golf course operators, program coordinators and other interested parties can bring the joy and benefits of golf to individuals with disabilities.

The mission of the Alliance is to not only increase participation of people with disabilities in the game, but also create and promote awareness of the benefits of accessible golf.  Through golf, individuals with disabilities become actively engaged in the social fabric of a community, and derive health benefits that improve the quality of life.

The Alliance accomplishes this mission through several means:  Education and training resources for golfers and golf facilities; grant funding to grassroots programs that are developing individuals with disabilities into an inclusive environment of golf; promotion to the golf industry and the general public that golf is for everyone; and finally, serving as an advocate for accessible golf.  For more information, check out our website at www.accessgolf.org.

Steve Jubb, PGA

Executive Director, National Alliance for Accessible Golf

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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