Golf Inclusion Monthly

September 2022


Your source for news, stories and education related to increasing participation of people with disabilities in the game of golf.

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The National Alliance for Accessible Golf is the industry leader in inclusion— working to ensure the opportunity for all individuals with disabilities to play the game of golf and is represented by major golf, recreation and therapeutic organizations across the country

Click HERE to view Tim Shriver, Chairman of Special Olympics

From the National Alliance

Are You an Includer? By Dave Barton, PGA - Recently, a YouTube video came across my LinkedIn feed of a keynote speech being delivered at the July 2022 Show Up for Teachers Conference in Utah by Tim Shriver, Chairman of the Special Olympics since 1996. Due to generous support from the USGA and the range of golf industry supporters, we have been fortunate to support several Special Olympics grassroots programs and national events in 2022. Read More

Golfer Spotlight

Henry O’Grady Plays Golf With An Infectious Joy That Inspires Everyone

By Rich O'Brien - Preface - Henry O’Grady has beaten the odds his whole life. You see, he was born with Down Syndrome and a Congenital Heart Defect. At the age of 2, he was rushed to the hospital with a life-threatening illness that was diagnosed as bacterial pneumonia which required a five-week stay in the ICU. Then at age six, he was diagnosed with Autism. For most of his life, Henry has had to take heart and lung medication to treat his heart defect and asthma. Read More

Program In Focus

I Got This Foundation

By Tracy Hupko - Welcome to the IGT Golf Academy! Together we bring diversity, equity and inclusion to golf by providing golf instruction to golfers with intellectual disabilities.

Many people look around to see what special equipment we have and how we alter the game to better instruct our athletes, but golf is the same game played by everyone. Rather than alter the game, we address the method in how instruction is given and expand the personalities we can attract to golf. Read More

Coaching Tip of the Month

Deer in the Headlights

By Jacob Fagan - Trust, understanding, and taking a balanced approach. These words are easy to read and comprehend at first but if facing your first experience with a golfer with a disability, what do you say? What can you say? How should you say it? When it comes to students with disabilities and adaptive golf, it’s exactly that – adaptive. Take a deep breath. Read More

Erik Nielsen, PGA

The National Alliance for Accessible Golf would like to welcome Erik Nielsen, PGA to our Board and Thomas Cleek to our Advisory Board.

Erik comes to us from the PGA of America Faculty team and Thomas, a Special Olympian pursuing PGA Membership will be representing Special Olympics North America.

Welcome to the National Alliance!

Thomas Cleek

Access and Inclusion in the News


Have You Listed Your Program So Golfers Can Find You?

The National Alliance for Accessible Golf offers the opportunity to list your inclusive golf programs around the country to help individuals with disabilities in their search for programs, events or facilities in their area, as well as provide a resource for those interested in starting a new program. There are no charges for this service!

Click HERE to get your program listed today!

Thank you to our golf industry friends and supporters who contribute in so many ways to our mission of increasing participation of individuals with disabilities in the game of golf.

Please contact our Executive Director,, if you and/or your company are interested in helping us further enhance our educational and resource offerings as well as generating grant funds to distribute to programs across the country. 

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