From the Executive Director: Summer Is Over But Our Mission Continues

Well, summer is almost over, children in some areas are back or going back to school and others doing remote learning due to Covid-19.  I sincerely hope that everyone is well and safe.  

During the summer, several people have contacted our office asking, “Who is the National Alliance for Accessible Golf?”  While most of the national golf associations in the United States know of the National Alliance for Accessible Golf because they are represented on the Board of Directors of the National Alliance along with other recreation and therapeutic organizations and advocates, many grassroots programs serving individuals with disabilities as well as the general public may have not heard of the National Alliance and what we do.  So, I thought I would take this opportunity again to share with you all briefly who the National Alliance for Accessible Golf is and what we do.

The National Alliance for Accessible Golf was formed in 2001 as a national organization in the golf industry working to ensure the opportunity for all individuals with disabilities to play and experience the game of golf.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are approximately 61 million adult Americans with some form of disability. This includes 26 percent of the total US population. In other words, almost 1 in 4 U.S. residents has some form of a disability.  13.7 percent with a disability have a mobility disability, 10.8 percent with a disability have a cognitive disability, 5.9 percent with a disability are deaf or have serious difficulty hearing, 4.6 percent with a disability have a vision disability.  2.8 million children have a disability.

So, when the golf industry talks about “Growing the Game”, obviously the population with disabilities provides one of the greatest opportunities to do so.  Disability crosses all segments of society.  Through education, training, and awareness, golf course operators, program coordinators and other interested parties can bring the joy and benefits of golf to individuals with disabilities. 

The mission of the Alliance is to not only increase participation of people with disabilities in the game, but also to 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.

The Alliance accomplishes this mission through several means:  Education and training resources for the golf industry, golfers with disabilities and golf facilities and programs; promotion to the golf industry and the general public that golf is for everyone; and finally, serving as an advocate for accessible golf.  And over the years since 2010, the National Alliance has provided more than $925,000 in grants to grassroots programs that are engaging individuals with disabilities through the game of golf.  For more information, check out our website at www.accessgolf.org.

So, I will close this month’s blog by saying that in this time where inclusion is being promoted across our country, let’s ensure that inclusion of individuals with disabilities is “included” in all aspects of our society including the game of golf.

Stephen C. 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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