PGA HOPE is the flagship military program of the PGA REACH foundation. Through a curated program, veterans are introduced to the game of golf. This programming is designed to help with the mental, physical, emotional and social wellbeing of the veterans. PGA HOPE partners with the Department of Veteran Affairs to have Recreational Therapists refer veterans to PGA HOPE as a source of therapy. All programs are 6-8 weeks and are taught by PGA Professionals who are trained in adaptive golf and military cultural competency. PGA HOPE is at no cost to the veterans and is funded through money raised through the PGA REACH foundation.
There are 132 active PGA HOPE program locations nationwide, positively impacting more than 2,500 military Veterans each year. More than 350 PGA Members have been certified to specifically train Veterans.
PGA REACH Gateway has three PGA HOPE programs in Mid-Missouri, Springfield, IL and in the St. Louis Metro area. Since the start of PGA HOPE in 2017, PGA REACH Gateway has helped 150+ veterans. As of 2019, there are 150+ graduates to date. This would not have been possible without the tremendous support of those who support our veterans and our PGA Professionals.
PGA HOPE graduates have the opportunity to participate in the PGA HOPE Cup. This event is a celebration for participants that finished the 6-8 week programming. Participants compete in a 9-hole scramble. After graduating from the program, the veterans can volunteer with PGA REACH Gateway, apply for jobs at facilities when they are available and they can receive discounts at local facilities and other businesses that support PGA HOPE.
PGA HOPE graduates also have the opportunity to be a part of the Secretary Cup, which takes place the week of the PGA Championship. Each team is made up of four veterans from a PGA HOPE program and one PGA or LPGA Professional. This is a unique and amazing experience for veterans.
Last year, one PGA HOPE Gateway veteran Bill Wiegand was selected to be a part of the 2019 PGA HOPE National Golf & Wellness Week. Wiegand and 19 other veteran ambassadors had the opportunity to participate in a 4-day advanced golf and wellness program at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md.
In 2020, PGA HOPE is celebrating the 4th Annual PGA DAY of HOPE, from October 1-November 11. This is a nationwide celebration with two goals to commemorate our nation’s heroes who protect our freedom and raise awareness and support for PGA HOPE.
To donate to PGA National Day of HOPE, click here.