New in 2015, PGA Hope is a program designed to provide local military veterans with an opportunity to learn the game of golf as form of rehab from local PGA Professionals. PGA HOPE provides golf as a therapeutic rehabilitation tool for all military Veterans. The lifetime sport of golf has proven to be an excellent outlet for activity and competition but also allows military to assimilate back into their community through the social interaction the game provides.
Locations to be conducted in South Florida during 2017:
- Cape Coral
- Palm Beach
- Port St. Lucie
Alico Family Golf Center will be hosting a PGA HOPE Training Session on Monday, February 13th. This seminar will begin at 8:30 AM and go until 3:30 PM. There will be no fee forDuring this seminar PGA Professionals and Apprentices will learn how to teach veterans who participate in the HOPE program moving forward. All those with a desire to get involved with PGA HOPE MUST go through instructor training. To register for this free instruction seminar click here.
- “The PGA VA Golf Program was inspiring to meet fellow vets and Golf Trainer Professionals. The Veterans are fortunate to have such an opportunity, outside the box of a typical PTSD therapy session. It gave us a chance to get out of the house and enjoy not only the sport but the beautiful greenery, blue skies and awesome surroundings. Mentally and physically the program was rewarding and gave us other venues to relieve depression and socialize with others. The sponsors from the VA and PGA Golf Hope Program were sensitive, caring, understanding and very supportive to each of the vets’ physical and mental health challenges. It was beyond the general support group, but rather a feeling of normalcy on networking and healing at the same time. Thank you!” -PGA HOPE 2016 Participant
- The PGA HOPE Program has been beneficial to so many veterans and in so many ways. Many veterans question their ability to participate when referred to recreation therapy for this program, but after a few minutes of involvement I see their fears and apprehensions disappear. Being a recreation therapist for 32 years, I know the benefits of sports and recreation. It is when a veteran sees the benefit of participating that changes their lives. This program allows veterans an opportunity to work with one another with the built in camaraderie they share in a community environment. Getting out of the house, interacting with others and learning or re-learning a leisure skill can change a veteran’s whole outlook on things and break a cycle of isolation, boredom, low self-esteem and inactivity. Not only are there so many physical benefits, but the psychological and emotional ones are key to many. The natural environment of a golf course and the caring and compassionate PGA instructors who interact with the veterans each week provides therapy to these veterans on many levels. I’m fortunate to partner with such an organization in fulfilling the needs of our disabled veterans.-Eileen Jones, Chief of Recreation Therapy at West Palm Beach VA
What is PGA HOPE?
- PGA HOPE (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere) is a military program designed through the PGA of America foundation, PGA Reach, to introduce golf to Veterans with disabilities in order to enhance their physical, mental, social and emotional well- being. Through PGA HOPE programming, the SFPGA Foundation is in a position to make a more meaningful impact on the lives of America’s military Veterans. As many Veterans struggle with the transition back into civilian life, the game of golf delivers a new level of enjoyment.
How does PGA HOPE help Veterans?
- Learning and playing the game of golf is a proven activity that has positively impacted thousands of wounded Veterans nation PGA HOPE (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere) is a program that is truly making a difference, as golf has become a therapeutic part of the rehabilitation process for many Veterans with disabilities.
How does the program work?
- The HOPE program, led by PGA Professionals, helps Veterans assimilate back into their communities through the social interaction the game of golf provides.
How is the program funded?
- All PGA HOPE programming is fully funded by the SFPGA Foundation and offered at NO COST for military Veterans and their family.
Who participates in PGA HOPE?
- Participants of HOPE programs include military Veterans living with physical or cognitive challenges such as Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or the loss of limbs, among other challenges.
- PGA HOPE programming is closely aligned with local VA hospitals, as both strive to best meet the needs of all military Veteran.
Who teaches the program?
- PGA Professionals provide expert golf instruction, and encourage the Veterans to be more active in their communities.
- All PGA Professionals teaching PGA HOPE sessions are trained to ensure they are comfortable instructing military Veterans with disabilities.
Additional Program Details:
- PGA HOPE is a two-step program, beginning with an introductory “Down Range Clinic” that provides military Veterans with free golf experiences taught by PGA Profession Upon completion, formal PGA HOPE sessions are offered and administered by PGA Professionals, who are certified in golf instruction for the military. There are currently 45 programs across 20 states.