The Central New York PGA is excited to be participating in the 2022 PGA National Day of HOPE Campaign.
PGA HOPE (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere), is a national PGA Reach program. PGA HOPE’s mission is to change the lives of our Veterans through the game of golf and enhance their physical, mental, social, and emotional well-being. The PGA HOPE program is free to Veterans.
At hundreds of golf courses around the United States, Veteran’s lives are being changed through PGA HOPE. With every drive, chip and putt, Veterans across generations are using the game to build camaraderie and to apply golf to life’s biggest challenges.
Here in Central New York, our Section runs PGA HOPE programs at Turning Stone Resort Casino. The programs offer local Veterans weekly instruction from Ryan McGinnis, PGA at Turning Stone’s Sportsplex. The first clinic is scheduled for Nov. 7.
Our campaign to raise money for this important cause has begun. We hope you will consider donating to the PGA National Day of HOPE campaign to benefit our CNY Veteran’s Programs. From October 11 to November 11, the PGA is matching all donations received!
“The Oneida Indian Nation has a long history of supporting our veterans, and are proud to partner with organizations like the PGA of America and veterans groups to provide invaluable resources for local veterans,” McGinnis said. “For veterans who participate in PGA HOPE at Turning Stone, it’s more than just golf. The friendships they create, the physical rehabilitation and the socialization aspect all help support them in their everyday life.”
On average, it costs $200 to graduate a Veteran though PGA HOPE, which includes eight weeks of instruction by a PGA Professional, all venue fees, adaptive equipment and more. Most of all: the invaluable life skills our Veterans will experience through the game of golf.
The CNY PGA strives to impact the lives of Veterans and is planning to use funds to expand our PGA HOPE programs to Fort Drum in Watertown, and the Binghamton areas. Your support ensures we can serve those Veterans who need us.