Golf Competition Supports PGA National Day of HOPE Activities in Conjunction with Veterans Day
VACAVILLE, CA — The Northern California PGA Foundation today announced military veterans participating in the PGA HOPE (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere) golf program will have a unique opportunity to experience a Veteran Drive, Chip & Putt Golf Competition presented by Wells Fargo, in conjunction with activities surrounding the 4th Annual PGA National Day of HOPE on Veterans Day.
The NCPGA Foundation Veteran Drive, Chip & Putt Competitions presented by Wells Fargo, will take place on Nov. 9 at Chardonnay GC in Napa, CA and Nov. 10 at Mariner’s Point Golf Center, Foster City, CA as 100 military veterans (50 at each location) will compete in the longest drive, closest chip to the hole and putting competition for prizes and bragging rights.
PGA HOPE is a national program that introduces golf to military veterans with disabilities to enhance their physical, mental, social and emotional well-being. As golf has become a therapeutic part of the rehabilitation process for many veterans living with disabilities, PGA HOPE has helped thousands assimilate back into their communities through the social interaction the game of golf provides.
The Northern California PGA Foundation is home to one of the most prolific PGA HOPE programs with nine locations positively impacting more than 600 Veterans annually. The program, which is fully funded by the Foundation (and supported by PGA REACH) features six-week instructional golf clinics, followed by a graduation and on-course golfing opportunities, is offered at NO COST for military veterans.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, and in accordance with CDC and health department guidelines, the NCPGA Foundation was unable to host the “PGA HOPE Rally Scramble” its annual charitable golf tournament that features 124 veterans teeing it up. Thus, the NCPGA Foundation “pivoted” by creating a fun “Drive, Chip & Putt” competition to celebrate the golf skills of veterans and recognize the personal sacrifices that each made during their service to our nation.
“We believe we owe it to every veteran to help them return from their service and re-engage fully with their families and communities to lead a healthy, healed life,” said Len Dumas, PGA, NCPGA Foundation Chairman of the Board. “PGA HOPE, our flagship program, enables veterans to enhance their physical, mental and emotional well-being through the social interaction that the game of golf provides.”
“Wells Fargo is committed to support service members, veterans, and their families. As a fellow veteran, I am excited that we are sponsoring this competition for veterans. I thank competition participants for their service and applaud their work to assimilate back into our local communities,” said Jason Henderson, district manager and retired senior leader in the United States Air Force Reserves.
The nationwide celebration has two goals: commemorate our nation’s heroes who protect our freedom; and raise awareness and support for PGA HOPE (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere), the flagship military program for the NCPGA Foundation and PGA REACH, the charitable Foundation of the PGA of America.
In support of this year’s PGA National Day of HOPE activities, PGA REACH has launched a campaign through the GoFundMe Charity platform, where individuals and organizations can contribute to the NCPGA Foundation, in support of Veterans and PGA HOPE Northern California programming, from now–Nov. 11.
For additional information on the Northern California PGA Foundation, visit: https://www.ncpgafoundation.org.
About the NCPGA Foundation
The Northern California PGA Foundation is a 501c3, non-profit charitable organization, Federal Tax ID #75-3249593. Founded in 2007, it is the philanthropic arm of the Northern California Section PGA. The Mission of the NPCGA Foundation is three-fold: (1) To serve Veterans – their health & their families (2) To provide resources to PGA members serving their communities within Northern California & Northwestern Nevada, and (3) To grow the game of golf. The Northern California Section of the PGA of America is an organization of 1,100 dedicated PGA Professionals & associates at more than 400 golf facilities in Northern California & Northwestern Nevada committed to helping others through the game of golf.
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