From the Executive Director: Vision & Mission

2016 National Golf DayOn May 18, the Alliance attended the golf industry’s annual National Golf Day in Washington, DC.  It is an annual gathering on Capitol Hill to educate members of Congress on issues that are facing our industry.  It was also a great opportunity to share the impact that golf can have on people, especially those individuals with disabilities.  During our time on Capitol Hill, we had a display in the Rayburn Foyer where members of Congress and staffers could stop by and learn more about what we do.  Joining us in the foyer were two programs and past grantees in the Washington, DC area that serves our Wounded Warriors and Veterans with disabilities – the Salute Military Golf Association and Links to Freedom Foundation.  Participants in both programs were on hand to share their stories about how golf has helped them overcome some of the physical as well as mental challenges in their lives.

The following day, on May 19, the Alliance conducted its Spring Board of Director meeting in Alexandria, VA.  A good portion of that day was spent on redefining the vision and mission of the Alliance and setting some goals to achieve over the next year and next five years.  What came out of the session was a more focused vision and mission:

Vision: “The National Alliance for Accessible Golf is the leader in inclusion — working to ensure the opportunity for all individuals with disabilities to play the game of golf.

Mission: “To increase participation of people with disabilities in the game of 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.”

A good portion of the discussion on May 19 centered on awareness and promotion.  To this end, June 20 to 27 is our annual Alliance Awareness Week.  The Alliance was formed in 2001 and is represented by all of the major organizations in golf, recreation and therapeutic organizations and others who advocate for inclusion.  If you are on social media, help us promote the Alliance by tagging @accessgolf or using the hashtag #inclusion during the week. Here’s a sample message to get you started:

DYK? The National Alliance for Accessible Golf supports inclusion, training and funding, & works to ensure the opportunity for all individuals with disabilities to play the game of golf.  www.accessgolf.org #inclusion.

Check out the Alliance at www.accessgolf.org for more information.

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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