From the Executive Director: Making a Positive Impact

Welcome back to the Blog.  Hope you all are enjoying this monthly effort to share with you that golf is for everyone and the impact our game can have on individuals with disabilities.

During my previous tenure at the PGA of America, I had the opportunity to engage with many individuals ranging from Special Olympics Athletes to youth in the Autism Spectrum to Veterans and Military with disabilities.  Part of my job was to help set up programs around the country for the PGA of America and to be a resource to grassroots programs that were serving individuals with disabilities.

Through it all, I was amazed daily on how the game of golf could make a positive impact in the lives of these individuals and help them become not only more active physically and mentally, but also socially in their communities.  In many cases, the game of golf got them out of their homes, out of the rehab or medical facilities and interacting with other peers.  Golf can make a positive impact on the lives that we all touch.

I recall one of the PGA HOPE programs which uses golf to impact the lives of Military and Veterans at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, TX, I was visiting the program several years ago to observe the impact it was making on military patients from Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC).  That day the bus from the hospital pulled up to the golf course and wounded warriors with a variety of injuries got off.  The last person off the bus was a young Sergeant who had to be carried off the bus by 2 medical staff.  This individual was a double AK (Above the Knee amputee).  He had been in Iraq and an IED blew up on the road he and his platoon were traveling. I could tell he didn’t want to be there and had a lot of anger overall.   The young man was put into an Adaptive Golf Car and assisted in driving over to the golf range.  I decided to make him my student for the day.  After a few swing tips, the first shot went down the range about 180 yards.  It was amazing.  The frown and anger suddenly became a big smile.  Right then he told me, “I came here today when I didn’t want to be here.  But my life has changed with the swing of a golf club.  I now know that when I go home, I can play golf with my friends and family, and most of all, nothing is impossible.”  Wow!!  Golf can change lives.

See you next month with another Blog.  In the meantime, check out our website at www.accessgolf.org.  We have a search engine for facilities and programs that are accessible.  If your facility or programs is not listed, click on the link to add your facility/program information.  Also if you have a program serving individuals with disabilities, check out the USGA/Alliance Grant Program.

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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