From the Executive Director: Let the Sun Shine

Black Yellow White Flower Sunshine Valentine's Day Card (1)Hello.  Amazing we are already into August 2020.  I sometimes wonder where the time goes.  Seems like only yesterday we heard about Covid-19.  And here we are in August still dealing with the pandemic.  But I am confident we will see “sunshine” soon even if it is in 2021.  In the meantime, we all must forge forward keeping in mind social distancing.

Golf provides an excellent way to get out of the house and engage in a recreational activity while keeping social distance.  Many courses are back up operating by allowing 1 person per golf car, installing a barrier between the 2 seats in the golf car, and those courses that allow walking, what a better way to social distance but still have the camaraderie of friends and get some exercise at the same time. So, hope to see you on the course soon.

As many of you know, I have a passion for inclusion of individuals with disabilities into the game of golf.  It all started in the 1980s when I was asked along with a fellow PGA Professional Wayne Warms in New Jersey to conduct a golf demonstration/clinic at the New Jersey Special Olympics Summer Games.  Admittedly, I was a little nervous about the clinic.  What I found out was that the Special Olympics Athletes loved the game of golf even though golf back then was not an official sport of Special Olympics.  Between the hugs, the high fives after hitting a shot and the smiles, (yes, that was pre-Covid), I saw that golf could be accessible and should be inclusive of all individuals including those with disabilities.  Fast forward to today, I am grateful that I can make a difference in peoples’ lives through the game of golf.

In order to help facilitate access, the National Alliance has a search engine on its website at www.accessgolf.org to locate a golf facility, instructor and/or program that is accessible, has adaptive golf instruction programs and/or has adaptive golf equipment.  Check it out if you are looking for a connection.  Also, if you operate a golf facility, give instruction to individuals with disabilities or have a program serving those individuals, we would love to have you on this search engine.  There is a link on our site to provide your facility and program information.

Finally, the National Alliance is reliant on support from not only the Allied Associations of Golf but also individuals and organizations that have an interest in seeing the game of golf more inclusive.  Go to www.accessgolf.org and click on the “Donate” button.

Hope you all have a great rest of the summer, and remember, “Choose to Include!”

Steve Jubb, PGA/LM
Executive Director

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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