From the Executive Director: National Golf Day

Well, another month has gone by and it is time to do another blog for the National Alliance for Accessible Golf.  Amazing how time flies when you are doing something you love – serving the Alliance and advocating for individuals with disabilities in the game of golf.

Did you know that there are 57 million people in the US that have some form of disability?  That is 19 percent of the total US population or 1 in 5 US residents have a disability.  According to a study conducted by the National Center on Accessibility at Indiana University in cooperation with Clemson University, 10 percent play golf currently.  Also 22 percent played before their disability but are not currently playing and 35 percent are currently not playing golf but are interested. As I have mentioned before in these blogs, a great way to grow the business and game of golf!!  Getting more individuals with disabilities into the game will definitely help move the needle of growing the number of golfers.

Coming up on May 18, the Alliance will have the pleasure of being involved with National Golf Day in Washington, DC.  The golf industry will be meeting with Senators and members of Congress to discuss the important issues facing out industry and sharing with the legislature this major role that golf plays in not only the economy but also in the charitable giving annually as well as the benefits that the game has both physically, mentally and socially.  In conjunction with the meetings, the Alliance will have a display in the Rayburn House Building Foyer where members of Congress can stop by and learn more about why and how golf can be inclusive and accessible for people with disabilities.

Joining us that day will be representatives of 2 local organizations that serve military and veterans with disabilities, the Links to Freedom Foundation and Salute Military Golf Association.  Each of these programs is making a positive impact in the lives of those who currently or have served our country and both engage the families of the participants as well.  It is amazing to see families bond together through golf.  Next month we will update you on what happened during our visit to DC which will also include the Alliance Board of Directors Spring Board meeting where we will be laying our strategic plans for the next year and next 5 years.

The key to expanding the number of golfers with disabilities in our sport is education and awareness. The Alliance has tools and programs at www.accessgolf.org to assist individuals and facilities and help everyone enjoy playing golf.  Please contact us to assist you in any way.

 

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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