From the Executive Director: Dis/Ability
September 12, 2016 Leave a comment
I have a question for you. Do you run a golf instructional program at your facility or in your community? Take a look at the demographics of the students you teach. Most likely they are women and men, old and/or young. They are all individuals with different ability levels. As such, you probably modify how you deliver the instruction somewhat based on their ability.
Well, have you ever thought about including individuals with dis/Ability? Have you ever thought about reaching out to the local chapter of Special Olympics, a local rehab facility, or non-profits in your community that serve individuals with dis/Ability? These groups may have never considered golf as part of their program. But what we have found out is that a recreation sport such as golf can change lives, just as you have seen on the lesson tee with Mrs. Jones or Mr. Smith that you have instructed and either introduced them to the game or improved their skills. We have seen it in Special Olympics, programs such as PGA HOPE serving our Veterans, and even the very young in programs such as GOALS which is part of Little Linksters in the Central Florida area. Our sport (Golf) can make a difference in the lives we touch by engaging them in the sport.
If you have a program serving individuals with dis/Ability, or are thinking about starting a program, or are an individual looking for more information or a program near you, check out the Alliance website at www.accessgolf.org. There on the homepage you will find various links to resources, best practices, videos, and even grant funding to help start or continue an “inclusive” golf program. Also we have a search engine on our website that allows someone looking for a facility, instruction and program, to connect with a program near them to start in the game or rekindle their love for the game. If you have a program or do adaptive instruction, we would love to include your program in the search. If you have a program or adaptive instruction, make sure you go to the homepage and halfway down that page you will find both the search function link but also a link to enter your program information.
In our October Blog, we will be talking about the upcoming Sports Diversity & Inclusion Symposium being held on September 20-21, hosted by the NCAA. I have the honor of moderating a panel discussion on Individuals with dis/Ability in Sports. Also on September 30, October 1-2, Special Olympics North America will conduct their National Championship at PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, FL and the Alliance will be there as well.
So, see you next month!
Steve Jubb, PGA – Executive Director