From the Executive Director: Saving Lives
March 3, 2017 Leave a comment
Springtime is approaching for most of the country. Yes, there will be the occasional snow storm or bad weather in the meantime but we know that good weather is around the corner. All this means that programs for individuals with dis/Abilities will be starting up soon. As we have mentioned before, if you have a grassroots program that develops individuals with dis/Abilities into the game of golf, check out our website at www.accessgolf.org for resources as well as an application for the USGA/Alliance Grant Program. You will find grant information under “Program Funding” tab.
On February 21st, the National Alliance for Accessible Golf conducted a monthly conference call with our Board of Directors and our Advisory Board. Aside from our usual business agenda, we were blessed to have Renee Powell, PGA/LPGA Professional and Founder of Clearview HOPE, join the call and share the impact that golf has had on her program participants. The focus of Clearview HOPE is Women Veterans who have served our country in the military. Although golf is used as a central core to the program, there is a great deal of focus on the social, interpersonal relations of program participants and providing a support vehicle for the Women Veterans. I have heard it said many times by the Veteran participants in the various PGA HOPE programs and other programs across the country that the program “saved their life.” The suicide rate of Veterans is more than 20 a day. That is 21 percent higher than civilian adults. Engaging the Veterans in a program like Clearview HOPE can help save lives. Below is a link about Clearview HOPE that speaks volumes about the program at Clearview Golf Course in East Canton, Ohio. Hope you take time to view it.
As we continue our journey into 2017, let’s all strive to ensure that the game of golf is truly “Inclusive” and see how we might expand or start a program that helps save lives.
Steve Jubb, PGA – Executive Director