From the Executive Director: New Decade, Same Goals

2020 conference - no save the date - 200x150Happy New Year to everyone. As we turn the year into 2020 and I am in a reflective mood, I would like to look back to excerpts of a blog I wrote back in January 2016.  Those comments are still applicable

 “When we talk in the golf industry about growing the game and the business of golf, we generally focus on youth, women and other minority populations, or those who have left the game or decreased their rounds.  This is great as we need to strive to ensure that golf is available to everyone.  After all, it is a game you can play whether you are 8 or 88.  But often we don’t consider a segment of our population that is willing and ready to consider our sport.  There are 1 in 5 people in the United States who have some form of disability.” 

“So now you are asking, how do I connect with individuals with disabilities and get them involved in golf to whatever level their abilities allow.  Well, I am sure that near your community there are hospitals or rehab facilities that are looking for options in therapeutic recreation.  There may be a VA hospital in your area.  Also, there are Special Olympics chapters all over the country that would love to connect with instructors for the Special Olympics Athletes.  Individuals with disabilities are out there and would love to connect with you and the game of golf.  They just need that knock on the door and encouragement that they can engage or re-engage with golf at whatever level they can.”

And now to look forward to our third annual Inclusive Golf Conference scheduled for January 23 during the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, FL. Registration is open at www.accessgolf.org. If you are going to the PGA Show, make sure you register for this conference. It is going to feature guest speakers and round-table discussions on best practices in areas such as engaging individuals with different abilities.  Registration spots are limited so sign up  today (before January 15th) at www.accessgolf.org.

Together, let’s make 2020 and the decade to become inclusive in golf!

Steve Jubb, PGA

Executive Director

National Alliance for Accessible Golf

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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