PGA HOPE (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere) is the flagship military program of PGA REACH WNY. PGA HOPE introduces golf to veterans to enhance their physical, mental, social and emotional well-being. Suicide is a major issue among military veterans, with recent statistical studies showing that 22 veterans a day commit suicide. PGA HOPE is working to change this statistic by helping Veterans to return to civilian life.
The Western New York PGA HOPE program is unique because it is more of a family than a program. It functions with a huge heart that gathers its members, support and strength, from the Buffalo, Rochester & Erie, PA areas. Veterans and PGA Professionals truly understand and witness the positive effects that HOPE and the relationships it fosters can have in this year-round program. They see the positive impact HOPE has in strengthening the mental, physical and emotional health of our vets, through the game of golf. HOPE allows our PGA Professionals the chance to say “THANK YOU” to our veterans for their service and dedication to our Country. It provides them a unique experience to teach the game of golf, but more importantly it provides them the opportunity to make a connection through their love of the game. Through HOPE, our volunteer ranks have grown, as our veterans support the PGA REACH Foundation with giving of their time, efforts and leadership for local fundraising and national events. Their gift of giving back shows how committed and dedicated the veterans are to PGA Hope and the works of the PGA REACH foundation. PGA Hope has brought together veterans from all branches of the military with varying military and life experiences to create a family that supports, understands and grows together to meet the needs and challenges they all face on a daily basis.
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The PGA HOPE WNY program introduces the game of golf through a developmental 6-8 week curriculum, taught by PGA Professionals trained in adaptive golf and military cultural competency.
This program is FREE for all Veterans!
Nick Martone U.S Marine Veteran
Scott Smalter U.S Navy Veteran
Justin Weglinski U.S ARMY Veteran
Julie Haile Director of Junior Golf & Player Engagement
Webster G.C. – Rochester (Spring): Click here to learn more
Glen Oak G.C. – Buffalo (Summer): Click here to learn more
Southern Meadows G.C. – Rochester (Summer): Click here to learn more
Niagara Frontier G.C. – Buffalo (Fall): Click here to learn more
Wild Wood G.C. – Rochester (Fall): Click here to learn more
The Ridge G.C. – Erie, PA (Fall): Click here to learn more