A Path Forward at PGA HOPE National Golf & Wellness Week
A PGA Hope Veteran hits his shot at the North California HOPE Golf Outing during the 102nd PGA Championship at the Olympic Club on August 3, 2020 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Darren Carroll/PGA of America)
As we head into PGA HOPE National Golf & Wellness Week, we recognize the impact golf can have on a Veteran’s life.
"PGA HOPE is my lifeline," Gabriel Potter, a retired U.S. Marine Corp member, said, "They give me a reason to get up and do and feel like I belong."
PGA HOPE is a six to eight week program for Veterans to learn the game taught by PGA Professionals trained in adaptive golf and military cultural competency. While PGA HOPE teaches technical aspects of the sport, most of all, it provides an opportunity to connect with other Veterans.
Watch this meaningful video on PGA HOPE, the flagship military program of the PGA of America, to give back to those veterans and active duty service members.
PGA HOPE provides a community in life after military service. Yet, laughter and joy abound as those in the PGA HOPE program take on the new task of learning the game alongside those who have also worn our nation’s colors.
“Sometimes I love that ball,” U.S Army veteran Christina Olivarez joked. “And sometimes I hate that ball.”
PGA HOPE’s mission spreads across the United States. It currently operates at over 200 facilities in 46 states and territories and will serve over 7,000 Veterans & Active Duty Military in 2022. Throughout the video, numerous participants share how PGA HOPE shaped a life-changing experience. Harold Hill, retired U.S. Coast Guard Reserve, may have put it best.
"I can't imagine," Hill explained, "going through life without PGA HOPE."
To learn more about PGA REACH and how you can support the 2022 National Day of HOPE Campaign, please visit the Official Fundraising Page.