From the Executive Director: 12 Percent

It is March and hopefully Spring is just around the corner for most of you.  It has been a tough winter.  And with Spring, comes the rush to get out on the course and enjoy this great game that we all love to play and work around.

At various meetings over the last few years, I have heard presenters talk about inclusivity in the game and life.  But there is a population who is often not included in those conversations.  People with disabilities represent over 12% of our population in the United States, according to a survey conducted by the Census Bureau in 2015.  Yet in the media and even our sport, the full reality of their lives is not reflected.

More than one in eight Americans has a disability.  To give a better perspective on how those numbers reflect in the game of golf, currently the golf industry works off dated statistics which showed 10 percent of people with some disability now play golf. Twenty-two percent of those with disabilities played golf before incurring their disability but are not playing now. And 35 percent of individuals with disabilities are currently not playing golf but are interested in learning.  The National Alliance for Accessible Golf is currently working with the United States Golf Association and the National Golf Foundation to update those statistics.

But whatever stats you use, there is a very sizable population that would love to get involved with our sport.  So whether you are a golf organization, golf facility, golf professional, club manager, course superintendent or just someone in the community interested in expanding the game of golf, take a look at expanding who you involved in your programs.  Check out www.accessgolf.org for resources.

But in the end, let’s drop the labels in golf.  These are people that should not be defined by their disability but rather as people.  They just want to play the game with everyone else.  Yes, they may use adaptive equipment or even play using the USGA Modified Rules of Golf, but in the end, they just want to play Golf.

So if you are interested in engaging these individuals into your programs, reach out to the community organizations that serve them and invite them to be a part of our great sport.

Together, let’s make the game of golf and life truly “inclusive.”

Steve Jubb, PGA

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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