Archive for February, 2015
Bentwater Golf Club in Acworth to Host 8-Week Golf Program for Military Veterans
Military veterans throughout the Atlanta metropolitan area will soon be teeing it up at local golf courses, thanks to PGA HOPE (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere).
PGA HOPE is a program that introduces golf to veterans — including those with disabilities — in order to enhance their mental, social, physical and emotional well-being. The program is offered by PGA REACH, the charitable foundation of the PGA of America, at NO COST to the participating veterans.
In preparation for the PGA HOPE Program, PGA Professional, Dave Windsor, an expert in teaching adaptive golf programs for individuals with physical/cognitive challenges, hosted a group training session at Bentwater Golf Club in Acworth, GA, located just outside Atlanta. While PGA Professionals are recognized as the premier teachers of the game, this simulated training session was designed to ensure all instructors are comfortable working with veterans that may be dealing with a specific set of physical or cognitive challenges such as TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury), PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), or the loss of limbs.
PGA HOPE training, which takes place in markets all over the country, has become an invaluable precursor to the launch of the PGA HOPE program. Golf is a proven activity that has positively impacted the lives of thousands of military veterans nationwide, and beginning on March 9th, veterans in the Atlanta and surrounding area will enjoy the many benefits of the game through their own 8-week PGA HOPE program.
Currently operating in 15 states, this will serve as the first PGA HOPE program offered in the state of Georgia, as the PGA of America continues to expand military programming nationwide. The ultimate goal is to have a PGA HOPE program in every state by 2016.
For more information please visit www.pgareach.com.
PGA HOPE (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere), the key program under the military pillar of PGA REACH, is in full swing at Dyer Park in West Palm Beach, Florida. The PGA Professionals running the Dyer Park HOPE site continue to positively impact veterans lives every week by teaching them the game of golf. CBS anchor, Matt Lincoln, came out to the weekly HOPE session yesterday to cover and support this incredible PGA REACH program.
Watch the below clip to see the HOPE news story provided by local CBS News or visit CBS to read the full story.
Thanks to PGA HOPE, military veterans in Arizona are now teeing it up on a weekly basis. The six-week program, which is being hosted at Wildfire Golf Club, marks the debut of the PGA HOPE (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere) military golf program in the state of Arizona. PGA Professionals from Marriott Golf and the Southwest PGA Section are providing golf instruction for a group of military veterans in order to enhance their mental, social, physical and emotional well-being.
The focused programming is designed to help military assimilate back into their community through the social interaction the game of golf provides. These sessions, which are offered at No Cost to the veterans, take place on Tuesday’s from 2:00p.m – 3:30pm.
PGA HOPE, the key program under the military pillar of PGA REACH, is launching six new sites in the state of Florida this Spring. These HOPE locations include:
- Broward– Weston Hills Country Club; Sundays 12-2PM; January 11 – March1
- Miami – Melreese Country Club; Wednesdays 10AM-12PM; January 21 – March 11
- St. Petersburg – Bayou Country Club; Thursdays 2-4PM; January 29 – March 19
- Orlando – Marriott Grande Vista; Fridays 2-4PM; January 30 – March 20
- West Palm Beach – Dyer Park/John Prince; Thursdays 1-3PM; February 5 – March 26
- Lake City – Country Club at Lake City; Tuesdays 2-4PM; February 10 – March 19
The HOPE (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere) program is an incredible initiative that introduces golf to men and women who have served our country by assisting them to assimilate back into a normal routine and lifestyle.
PGA REACH is committed to serving all veterans through the HOPE program, including those with disabilities such as loss of limbs, Post-Traumatic Stress, Traumatic Brain Injuries. HOPE aims to demonstrate golf’s value as a rehabilitative and fulfilling recreational pursuit for all military veterans. HOPE delivers a new level of enjoyment through golf that enables our nation’s heroes to once again be active and participate in a game that enhances their mental, social, physical, and emotional well-being. HOPE is fully funded by PGA REACH to serve as a cost-free program for military veterans.
The four sites listed above that have already begun their 5 to 8 week HOPE training have impacted 50 veterans lives! Thank you to our PGA Professionals and instructors who are leading these HOPE programs in order to better serve our veterans, and to impact more lives through the game of golf.
PGA REACH maintains a charitable partnership with the Els for Autism Foundation by providing free introduction to golf for individuals on the autism spectrum.
On January 16th, 2015, a Friday afternoon in sunny South Florida, PGA REACH partner, Els for Autism, hosted an autism and kid friendly afternoon of fun! PGA REACH and our trusted Professionals from The First Tee of the Palm Beaches helped the Els team to facilitate an Ernie Els #GameON Autism Golf Clinic on the lawn at Meyer Amphitheater in West Palm Beach. The clinic was a great success, as an unmistakable joy spread across the faces of the children and families who learned how to play the game of golf that day.
These outdoor activities were geared towards kids on the autism spectrum, but siblings and friends were welcomed to join. All sessions were provided free of charge.