One of the things that I pride myself on at Until The Next Tee is that I will provide coverage on any story that might be of interest. While some stories might be a simple blurb about a product… others are a little more special. This is one such story that falls into the latter group.
The Salute Military Golf Association (SMGA) is an organization that uses golf as a form of “rehabilitation and recovery for post-9/11 wounded veterans”. Many of these veterans play golf through the use “adapative programs”. The organization has sites around the United States in locations such as Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, Fort Drum, NY, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, North Texas, and Kanohe Bay, Hawaii.
The SMGA will be attending the upcoming 2018 PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Florida and I look forward to learning more about this organization that does so much for those who’ve served and sacrificed. Below is the press release from the SMGA. I’d like to thank Communications Specialist for SMGA Jack Persons for sharing this release.
SILVER SPRING, Md. – The Salute Military Golf Association announced today plans to attend the 65th PGA Merchandise Show, Jan. 23-26, 2018, in Orlando, Fla. The SMGA uses golf as a means of rehabilitation and recovery for post-9/11 wounded veterans, and will be exhibiting their adaptive programs throughout the week.
“The PGA Show is a great time for us to showcase to the public and industry leaders what we are doing and have achieved through golf,” Executive Director Dan Pflieger said.
From Wednesday, Jan. 24 to Friday, Jan. 26, the SMGA will be located at Booth 2891 in the Main Showroom at the Orange County Convention Center to share the positive effects of adaptive golf with PGA Show participants. As well, they will make appearances at many industry booths for Q&As and adaptive golf demonstrations. A group of SMGA members, including Sgt. DeWitt Osborne III, will join SMGA leadership at the convention to highlight the impact that the organization’s programs have had on their quality of life.
Osborne, now retired, served in the Army’s 101st Airborne Division. In May 2006, while escorting supply tractor-trailers outside Baghdad, his Humvee was hit by an improvised explosive device. The blast injured his C-spine, right shoulder, and right foot. While enduring four years of treatment and 18 surgeries at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Osborne was introduced to golf and the SMGA. His quality of life improved significantly during his recovery because of his immersion into the game. “To be outside enjoying a challenge on my own gave me new life,” Osborne explained in an article for Golf Digest. “The physical therapy and stretching you get at a hospital might last an hour, but golf heals all day.”
The SMGA offers veterans and service members programs in every state, and the organization has seen remarkable results. 100 percent of respondents in a recent poll agreed that the game of golf and participation in SMGA clinics and activities has helped improve their physical well-being and quality of life. Since 2004, the SMGA has served over 5,000 veterans in their Warrior Golf Clinics and American Golfer Program, and partnered with industry leaders like the PGA of America and TaylorMade Golf to achieve their goals.
SMGA leadership and its members attending the show will have media availability throughout the week, and are open to media interviews and adaptive golf demonstrations.
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