From the Executive Director: More Than an Elevator Pitch

Another hot and rainy summer in Florida, but hopefully everyone has been able to hit the links, wherever you are.  Whether it is a round with family or friends, or playing in one of the many competitions being conducted around the country, it is still a better day on the golf course than not.

AllianceJuly was the anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.  Signed into law in 1990 by President George H. Bush, the ADA gives civil rights protections to individuals with disabilities.  As we celebrated the 26th Anniversary, we would hope that each of us takes a look at our facilities, golf courses, and programs to ensure that we are providing access to the game of golf for everyone, especially individuals with disabilities.

I just returned from a trip to New Jersey which included a meeting with the United States Golf Association.  During my travels, several people asked me what organization I am affiliated with.  As usual, I give them the 30-second elevator description.  The mission of the National Alliance is to not only increase participation of people with disabilities in the game, but also create and promote awareness of the benefits of accessible golf.  Through golf, individuals with disabilities become actively engaged in the social fabric of a community, and derive health benefits that improve the quality of life.

But the National Alliance goes beyond that and accomplishes its mission through several means:  Education and training resources for golfers and golf facilities; grant funding to grassroots programs that are developing individuals with disabilities into an inclusive environment of golf; promotion to the golf industry and the general public that golf is for everyone; and finally, serving as an advocate for accessible golf.  For more information, check out our website at www.accessgolf.org.

More to come next month so stay tuned for the September blog.  Thank you all for reading this blog monthly, and for making sure that golf is accessible and inclusive for everyone!

Steve Jubb, PGA

 

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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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