PGA HOPE (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere) is a golf program for all military Veterans, designed to enhance their rehabilitation and assimilation back into society. The HOPE program provides all Veterans with FREE golf instruction taught by local PGA Professionals.
The Western New York PGA Foundation, Inc. has partnered with local VA hospitals to initiate this program. The program 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 and into their communities and into life.
Currently the WNYPGA Foundation, Inc. has chapters in Buffalo, Rochester and Erie, PA.
The JC Martin Project - The WNYPGA Foundation and Head PGA Professional Michael O'Connor worked with the Erie Community Foundation and the City of Erie to renovate the J.C. Martin Family Golf Center. In just the second year of existence, the WNYPGA Foundation was proud and honored to take part in a project such as this that impacts the lives of golfers throughout an entire community. The total project costed $500,000 and today is host to many initiatives such as Drive, Chip & Putt and PGA Junior League Golf which which allow kids access to the game of golf in Erie, PA.
"J.C. Martin is an important part of the Erie Community. It has provided a place for young people to not only learn the game of golf, but to have a a constructive summer pastime and develop friendships for life"
-Joseph Sinnot, City of Erie Mayor
"The golf course looks absolutely tremendous,” Mike Martin said. “It's been a very playable golf course. I remember coming up here as a kid and teeing off on rubber mats. It really is a tremendous complex for the community today. "
Below was the original Restoration Plan and Timeline -
DIVERSITY/INCLUSION/SERVING PHYSICALLY CHALLENGED
Special Olympics Charity Hockey Game - On Friday, November 17th the PGA REACH WNY Foundation teamed up with StayRich to conduct the Inaugural Charity Hockey Classic. The game featured a team of Rich Products Corporation associates who played against a group of our WNY PGA professionals. The game was sponsored by two different organizations; PGA REACH WNY and StayRich. Both of these groups are internal organizations of each of the companies represented on the ice. The event raised $7,300 for the Special Olympics NY Golf Program.