What is the program?
PGA HOPE (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere) is a year-round golf program offered 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 Veterans to assimilate back into their community through the social interaction the game provides.
What is the program?
The HOPE program accommodates all Veterans with FREE golf instruction taught by local PGA Professionals. PGA HOPE is broken down into a two-part process:
- The first step is the Down Range Clinic, a free introductory golf experience open to all veterans that serves as an orientation to the HOPE program. PGA Professionals provide proper instruction on the game, the use of adaptive equipment when necessary, and are paired with our heroes by zip code to create a local hometown for participants to stay in the game.
- Following the Down Range Clinic, all veterans are invited to participate in the weekly HOPE sessions that will be conducted over the next 5 to 8 weeks.
Who is it for?
All military veterans who are new or returning to the game of golf.
The Northern California PGA Foundation and PGA Professionals partner with local VA hospitals and military installations to initiate this program, which includes a working partnership with physical therapists, introduction of the participant to the sport of golf, golf instruction, playing opportunities and social events – using golf as an activity to assist veterans with their progress in rehab along with helping them to assimilate and mainstream with their families, their communities, and life.
Why do we do it?
PGA of America is grateful for the brave men and women who have served in the United States military and defended the freedom of our great nation.
- There are more than 3 million disabled veterans in the U.S. -- 1.4 million active duty U.S. military personnel worldwide and 1.1 million in the U.S.
- Total number of active duty military that have returned from Iraq, Afghanistan and other current conflicts with some form of disability: Well over 300,000 There are over 21.5 million military veterans in the United States , according to the 2011 U.S. Census
- Over 3.5 million veterans have some form of service connected disability
- 1 in 10 veterans are disabled
- 810,245 have a disability rating of 70 percent or higher
- 1.3 million veterans are living in poverty and many are homeless
- Suicide is a major issue among military veterans, with recent statistical studies showing that rates of veteran suicide are much higher than previously thought: 5,000 to 8,000 Veteran suicides a year (20 suicides a day)
I am a Veteran. How can I get started?
PGA HOPE Northern California will be offering Fall 2017 clinics at these locations:
Metropolitan Golf Course - Oakland, CA, Mondays, 11:00AM - 1:00PM
Cypress Lakes Golf Course - Vacaville, CA, Tuesdays, 9:30-11:30AM
Presidio Golf Course - San Francisco, CA, Thurdays, 9:00-11:00AM
Haggin Oaks Golf Complex - Sacramento, Fridays, 9:00-11:00AM
How can I support this program? #RaiseHope4Vets
Our goal is to expand PGA HOPE clinics throughout Northern California, including these locations: Palo Alto, Monterey, Fresno, Napa, and Modesto.
Help us Raise HOPE for Veterans by making a one-time donation or by becoming a PGA HOPE Sponsor to fund clinics at a specific location. All donations are 100% tax deductible through our NCPGA Foundation.