From the Executive Director: PGA HOPE

Well, the leaves have changed in most areas of the country where that happens.  Unfortunately, I miss seeing the fall colors here in South Florida.  Another year is almost at an end.  Hope it has been a great year for everyone, and that the game of golf is a little more inclusive today because of accessibility and adaptive programs nationwide.  After all, golf is for everyone.

Last month, we mentioned briefly the program that PGA of America and its charitable arm, PGA REACH, have developed called PGA HOPE (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere).  It is a year round golf program for all military Veterans, designed to enhance their rehabilitation and assimilation back into society.  It is a great program and I am glad to have been a part of the team that started PGA HOPE back when I worked with PGA of America and PGA REACH. The goal of PGA HOPE is to have a program in each of the 50 states by 2016.

PGA HOPE is broken down into 2 parts:

  1. The first step of PGA HOPE is called the Down Range Clinic, a free introductory golf experience open to all Veterans and serves as an orientation to the full PGA HOPE program.
  2. Following the clinic, all Veterans are invited to participate in the weekly PGA HOPE sessions which are conducted over 5 to 8 weeks.

Alliance Advisory Committee member and PGA Professional, David Windsor is working with PGA HOPE to help educate instructors on working with individuals with disabilities.  By the way, David is being honored for his work with Veterans and other individuals with disabilities at the upcoming PGA of America Annual Meeting in Palm Beach Gardens on November 11th.  David will receive the 2015 PGA Patriot Award.  Congratulations to David on this well-deserved award and recognition.

With over 3.5 million Veterans that have some form of service connected disability, (that is about 1 in 10 Veterans that are disabled), we wish PGA of America and PGA REACH much success with PGA HOPE as they work to “Improve Lives through Golf”.  For more information about PGA REACH and PGA HOPE, along with their other outreach programs such as Youth and Diversity/Inclusion, go to www.pgareach.com.

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 and provide adaptive programs.  If your facility or program 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.

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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