From the Executive Director: Fighting the Good Fight

Wow.  It is October already.  Many of you are wrapping up your summer programs and for some of you the golf season is coming to a close.  We hope it has been a great year for you, whether you run a facility, a program or are involved in a program that ensures accessibility and inclusion.

Over the course of the last several years, I have seen many organizations form to serve individuals with dis/Abilities.  Many are out there fighting the good fight for inclusion and accessibility.  And some have left this arena.  In the end, they all have a place in the universal effort to ensure that individuals with dis/Abilities have access to our game and to life.  They all have a niche and I applaud each of them for their efforts.

One of the terms I have noticed used by some of these organizations and programs is “Adaptive Golf.”  Well, stepping back and looking at it, we all are just teaching and engaging individuals in “Golf” and at the same time “Life.”  We may use adaptive equipment.  We may adapt our instruction plans to accommodate the abilities of the individual.  We may adapt the traditional round of golf (9 or 18) and engage individuals at whatever level of the game they can.  They may just putt on the putting green.  They may just hit balls of the range.  They may play 1 hole, 3 holes or whatever.  But in the end, they are all engaged with our sport – Golf!  So, if you are a golf course operator or professional, course owner, management company, program coordinator, or therapist, see how you can connect with the 57 million individuals and if you can get them involved with golf.  Not only will they experience a game and all it offers, but think of the social and psychological benefits of getting out of the house or rehab facility, out into the fresh air and green grass.

And if you are expanding or starting a program, consider visiting our website at www.accessgolf.org and click on “Grants.”  Funding is available for accessible and inclusive programming.

Until next month, “Choose to Include.”

Steve Jubb, PGA – CEO/Executive Director

National Alliance for Accessible Golf

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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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