From the Executive Director: A Busy September
October 13, 2016 Leave a comment
I hope everyone is okay on the east coast after Hurricane Matthew passed by. A lot of damage up and down the east coast especially from North Florida through Carolinas. And while we are mentioning the hurricane, say some prayers for the people of Haiti. If you can make a donation for the relief efforts especially there, reach out to the various non-profits helping out such as Save the Children, Samaritan’s Purse, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent, and UNICEF, to mention a few.
In our September Blog, we mentioned about the upcoming Sports Diversity & Inclusion Symposium that was held on September 20-21, hosted by the NCAA in Indianapolis. I had the honor of moderating a breakout session on Individuals with dis/Ability in Sports. It was a great discussion and hopefully becomes a major discussion in future Symposiums. This year’s Symposium was attended by representative of the various sports organizations such as the NBA, MLB, IOC, Paralympics, PGA of America, USGA, PGA TOUR, along with other organizations and interested individuals.
Also on September 30, October 1-2, I had the privilege to be head rules official for the Special Olympics North America National Championship at PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, FL. More than 185 Special Olympics Athletes and Unified Partners participated accompanied by coaches and families. I have been involved with Special Olympics since 1986 and every year I feel so blessed to participate and meet Special Olympics Athletes and everyone involved. I have always said that all golfers should have the attitude about the game that Special Olympics Athletes have. If they miss a shot, they don’t fret about it. They just move on to the next shot. Ability levels vary from Scott Rohrer from South Carolina who shoots in the 70s for 18 holes to Level 1 Athletes that are involved in a golf skills competition. But the best part is the hugs and high fives you get from the Athletes on a shot or score. Truly a great time was had by all.
As we approach the end of the year and especially as we each look towards filing our tax returns for 2016, we ask that you consider supporting the National Alliance for Accessible Golf. While we do get support from the various golf associations, we are reliant on individual donations as well to provide the grants, promotions/advocacy for golf to be inclusive, and education/training programs around the country. So consider making a year-end donation to the Alliance by going to our website (www.accessgolf.org) and clicking on the “DONATE” button on the upper right corner of the homepage. Thank you in advance for considering to support the Alliance.
See you next month!
Steve Jubb, PGA – Executive Director