From the Executive Director: All Things Are Possible

Another hot summer in Florida, but hopefully everyone has been able to hit the links, wherever you are.  Whether it is a round with family or friends, or playing in one of the many competitions being conducted around the country, it is still a better day on the golf course than not.

On July 26th was the 26th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.  Signed into law in 1990 by President George H. Bush, ADA gives civil rights protections to individuals with disabilities.  As we celebrate the 26th Anniversary, we would hope that each of us takes a look at our facilities, golf courses, and programs to ensure that we are providing access to the game of golf for everyone, especially individuals with disabilities.  On our website under Resources you will find useful toolkits for owners and operators as well as those interested in getting started with golf and links to other resources that will help make this game inclusive.

Recently, referred to us by Alliance Board member Ron Tristano, we made contact with a young lady named Anna Earl and her father Michael from Parkersburg, WV.  As her father explained, in 2005 his wife and he were blessed with a daughter, Anna Earl.  Anna spent the first 6 weeks of her life in NICU.  At 8 months, Anna was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy, and since 6 years old, Anna has been playing golf.

This 11 year-old just qualified for the sub-regionals of the Drive, Chip and Putt event.  Anna also plays golf on the US Kids Golf tour.

Back in the Spring of 2016, we had an initial contact with them when Anna was refused use of a golf car during the US Kids Golf events in West Virginia and Ohio.  After we contacted US Kids, a nationwide policy was issued to all of their tournament coordinators to allow youth with disabilities to use a golf car if needed.

My conversation with Anna was truly amazing.  This young lady is grown up in her outlook on life.  Her closing comments to me was that she wants everyone with a disability to know that “all things are possible” especially in golf.

More to come next month so stay tune for the September blog.  Thank you all for reading this blog monthly, and for making sure that golf is inclusive for everyone!

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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