From the Executive Director: Open to All

AllianceWe are just back from the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando and the Golf Industry Show and National Golf Course Owners Association Business of Golf Conference in San Diego.  We connected with a lot of individuals and organizations, those we already have a relationship with as well as others seeking information, resources and funding of their grassroots programs.  At these events we were able to share about why the game of golf, golf facilities and the society in general should be open and available to everyone, especially those with disabilities.

Aside from the various speakers and panelists at these events, I had the pleasure of meeting in San Diego Jeremy Poincenot, inspirational speaker, coach and World Blind Golf Champion.  He was the keynote speaker at the NGCOA Business of Golf Conference and agreed to join Jan Bel Jan, Cathy Harbin and myself to share why the game of golf needs to be accessible and at the same time inclusive.  He added a great perspective from someone with a visual disability.  If you ever have the opportunity to hear Jeremy speak, you will walk away motivated and inspired.

The more we engage and educate these organizations and individuals in the golf industry, the more our game will reflect the face of America.  There are over 57 million people with disabilities in our country.  Wouldn’t it be great to see a group going down a fairway, one person of ethnic diversity, one of gender diversity, and one with disability? Then maybe our game will truly reflect the face of our country.

Please contact us at info@accessgolf.org to assist you in any way or go to our website at www.accessgolf.org for resources, information about the USGA/National Alliance Grant Program, or our search engine for programs and facilities that are welcoming.  If you have a program or facility that serves and welcome individuals with disabilities, we would love to have you add your information to our search engine.  If your organization has events that include individuals with disabilities, let us know so we can add the event to our events calendar.

The National Alliance for Accessible Golf is here to help make this a game for all.  Remember always “To Choose To Include.”

Steve Jubb, PGA, 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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