From the Executive Director: Make Golf Your Thing

Hello.  I cannot believe we are 5 months into 2021.  As summer is upon us, I hope everyone has a chance to get out and enjoy this great game, golf.  It is a game that can be played by young and old, all sectors of the population including individuals with disabilities. 

On May 12, the National Alliance participated virtually along with the golf industry for  National Golf Day.  Each year, this normally in-person event allows the golf industry to engage with members of Congress on major issues dealing with golf.  One of the topics this year was the Personal Health Investment Today (PHIT) Act.  PHIT promotes physical health by allowing the use of pre-tax medical funds such as FSA and HSA accounts to pay for qualified fitness and sports expenses of up to $1,000 per year for individuals or $2,000 for heads of households.  The benefits of PHIT Act help individuals and families overcome financial barriers to active lifestyles.  Some of the items covered under the PHIT Act include lessons and clinics, green fees, sports equipment, among other things. 

The CDC recommends that “healthy adults should participate in moderate intensity aerobic physical activity for a minimum of 30 minutes a day, five days a week.”  And golf provides a great opportunity to get out and get healthy, no matter your ability.  If you can walk, walking 18 holes equals a 31/2 mile run or a 5-mile walk.  Even if you are not able to walk, getting out and playing  can greatly improve your health, physically and mentally.  That is why the golf industry feels the PHIT ACT is so important.  Based on the discussion with members of Congress on National Golf Day, there is strong support for the PHIT Act. 

On another note, on May 19, the National Alliance conducted its annual Spring Strategic Board of Director meeting this year.  A good portion of that day was spent on reviewing some of the taskforce efforts by the National Alliance such as the Research Taskforce.  Data about individuals with disabilities in the game of golf has been very old and outdated.  The Taskforce is working with various organizations nationally and grassroots to collect that data.  With more than 61 million people with disabilities in our country and a total discretionary income exceeding $27 billion, there is a great possibility for growing the game.

You may have heard or may have not yet that there is a new movement in the golf industry to engage with individuals across our land to grow and diversify our sport.  Since the start of COVID, interest in golf has boomed.  The golf industry wants to invite everyone – from all backgrounds – to engage with golf in their own way, whether it is the traditional 18-hole experience, a golf range, an evening at facilities like Topgolf, in your backyard with a club and whiffle ball or just being a fan.  You may have seen already some of the promotion pieces on TV or social media.  The tagline is Make Golf Your Thing.   So, grab a friend or family member and get out and play no matter your ability or where and Make Golf Your Thing.

If you have not visited our website lately, check out the resources, search engine and other information and links there at www.accessgolf.org.  Again, if you have an accessible facility for individuals with disabilities, or have a community program serving those individuals through golf or are a golf instructor that teaches golf for individuals with disabilities, please add your information to our search engine by going to www.accessgolf.org/submit-information.

Until next time, get out and Make Golf Your Thing!

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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