From the Executive Director: “When in Doubt, Choose to Include”

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Hard to believe it is May 2018 already.  Grassroots programs around the country are gearing up for the summer.  As we move towards the summer, (and all year round), let’s remember that golf is for everyone.  If you manage a golf course or facility and have any questions about how to do that, check out www.accessgolf.org under Resources or contact us at info@accessgolf.org.

Last month, we were in Washington, DC, to participate in National Golf Day on Capitol Hill.  Each year, the golf industry gathers to meet with members of Congress to discuss issues that are facing the industry but also to share the impact that golf has on the economy and the positive impact it has on lives.  One of the focal points being discussed was the Personal Health Investment Today (PHIT) Act.  If passed, this legislation would allow individuals with disabilities (in our case) to pay for personal physical fitness activities with their health savings account, including golf.  The golf industry is lobbying to ensure that golf is included in the approved use of the funds, as it has been shown that golf contributes to the health and wellness of individuals.

This year at National Golf Day, we were able to have a display in the Rayburn Foyer of the House of Representatives’ Rayburn Office Building.  One thing we noticed was a growing interest by members of Congress and their staff members who visited the Foyer looking for more information or guidance on how an individual with disability could engage with the game of golf.   We referred a couple of individuals who had family or friends with disabilities to programs in their local area.   In addition, we were interviewed for a future podcast about golf for individuals with disabilities.

In addition, we conducted our Spring Board Meeting and focused on the strategic direction for the organization for the next three years.  As we fine tune that plan, we will share it in the next couple of months. All in all, it was a very productive time in DC.

On May 8 and 9, we will be attending the US Disabled Open at Eagle Creek Golf Club in Orlando, FL.  Hosted by the US Disabled Golf Association, this tournament has individuals attending from around the world.  Go to www.usdga.net for more information.

As I conclude this blog, everyone out there please follow the words of Tim Shriver, Chairman of Special Olympics International, “When in doubt, choose to include.”  Golf can be and is a sport that accessibility and inclusion can prevail.

 

Stephen Jubb, PGA

CEO/Executive Director

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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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