From the Executive Director: A Great Year

Last month when I wrote this blog, the leaves had turned to bright colors around the country.  Well, now we have snow.  I love the changes of the seasons.

We started this month with “Giving Tuesday” on Tuesday, December 1. Following this annual day of giving, I wanted to end this year with a big thank you to all the organizations and individuals that have supported the work of the Alliance in 2015. As you may or may not be aware, the Alliance was formed back in 2001 and is represented by the major golf associations, recreation and therapeutic organizations and individuals who advocate for inclusion of people with disabilities into the game and society.

Through everyone’s support, the United States Golf Association and the Alliance awarded more than $75,000 in grants to grassroots programs that are providing adaptive and accessible golf to individuals with disabilities in 2015.  Since the inception of the grant program, we have awarded more than $683,000 in grants.

Further, we launched our facility/program search engine on our website (www.accessgolf.org) where an individual can locate a facility or program that has adaptive instruction and accessible golf.  We continue to see a lot of clicks on the search engine as well as additional facilities and programs coming online.

In 2015, we also launched a speaker’s bureau whereby organizations and/or conferences that are looking for speakers on the topic of inclusion can contact us for a speaker.  Throughout the year, we continued to provide information and resources to both golf course owners/operators and individuals with disabilities about how golf can be accessible.  Most recently, we added a Best Practices section to our website on how courses can grow the game and ensure that golf is inclusive.

All in all, 2015 has been a great year.  But we are now looking towards 2016 and how the Alliance can expand its reach and mission to increase the participation of people with disabilities in the game of golf.  If you happen to be attending either the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando on January 27-29, or the Golf Industry Show in San Diego on February 8-12, stop by our booth and find out more about the Alliance and how we together can improve lives through golf.  If you are not at either show, check in frequently at our website (www.accessgolf.org) or keep up to date on our Facebook page or Twitter.

Happy New Year and we look forward to continuing to work in 2016 and beyond to meet our mission!

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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