NEW PROGRAM AIMS TO IMPROVE PHYSICAL AND EMOTIONAL HEALTH OF VETERANS THROUGH GOLF.
Lincoln City Golf has partnered with PGA REACH Nebraska to bring the PGA HOPE program to Lincoln. HOPE stands for Helping Our Patriots Everywhere, and the flagship military engagement program was created to use golf as a way to bring veterans together to share in fraternity, exercise, and friendly competition. PGA HOPE is a free, adaptive program that introduces golf to Veterans with disabilities to enhance their physical, mental, social and emotional well-being.
PGA HOPE offers a free 6 week developmental program which is led by PGA professionals who have training in adaptive golf and military cultural competency. The pros help to introduce many veterans to the game and give tips to those with more experience. In 2018, the program assisted over 2,000 Veterans in over 60 programs across the country, and is continuing to expand nationwide. In 2019, PGA REACH is expected to fund PGA HOPE programming in 37 PGA Sections, with the goal of impacting 2,500 Veterans.
PGA HOPE helps veterans to learn the game while providing an opportunity to socialize and build community with people who have had similar experiences.
“Another benefit that comes out of something like this is the bond between generations linked by their time serving our country,” said Adam Jacobsen of the U.S Department of Veterans Affairs. Jacobsen was involved with the PGA HOPE program in Omaha last year, where he worked with the Nebraska Section PGA on any adaptive equipment needs for the participating veterans.
The program is open to all veterans enrolled in the VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System and will be held at the Holmes Lake Golf Course. The free six week program will begin on Thursday, August 29th and will meet every Thursday from 9:30am-11:30am through October 3. All veterans who complete the program will receive a PGA HOPE Card and other benefits including discounted fees, equipment, and league play. Players can contact Adam Jacobsen at email@example.com to register.
All funding for the program comes from PGA REACH Nebraska and PGA REACH. For more information on the program call the Nebraska Section PGA at 402-489-7760, visit PGAREACH.org, or visit the Holmes Lake Golf Course, 402-441-8960.
PGA HOPE goals are to:
PGA HOPE has a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), which enables Recreational Therapists to refer Veterans to the PGA HOPE program as a form of therapy. Through a robust program strategy, PGA HOPE aspires to create a physically and emotionally healthier Veteran community by shaping lives, changing lives, and possibly saving lives through the game of golf.
PGA HOPE Golf League at Holmes
- Location: Holmes Golf Course, 70th & Pioneers, Lincoln, Nebraska, 402-441-8960
- Days: Thursdays
- Dates: August 29-October 3
- Time: 9:30 am – 11:3 0am
- Cost: Free
- Registration: To qualify for the program, contact Adam Jacobsen, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- All veterans who complete the program will receive a PGA HOPE Card and other benefits including discounted fees, equipment, and league play.