For the second consecutive year, Patriot Golf Days will be held over Memorial Day weekend (May 27-30) as a way to further honor our nation’s heroes.
PGA REACH, the 501(c)3 charitable foundation of the PGA of America, and Folds of Honor, a nonprofit that provides educational scholarships to spouses and children of fallen or disabled service members, will jointly host the nationwide annual fundraiser. The two organizations will help PGA Members and golf facilities put on fundraising efforts throughout the weekend.
PGA HOPE (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere) introduces golf to Veterans to enhance their physical, mental, social and emotional well-being. The program includes a six-to-eight-week golf instruction curriculum taught by PGA Professionals trained in adaptive golf and military cultural competency.
To donate or register for Patriot Golf Days, visit patriotgolfdays.com.
“We strongly encourage our Membership and their facilities to support Patriot Golf Days this Memorial Day weekend,” said PGA President Jim Richerson. “This is such a worthy cause and partnership, and it is an extension of the incredibly important work PGA HOPE and the Folds of Honor do year round to support our Veterans and their families.”
“It’s exciting that Patriot Golf Days will again be held during Memorial Day weekend, and the PGA Show is the ideal venue to kick off this life-changing event,” said Lt. Col. Dan Rooney, founder and CEO of Folds of Honor. “The partnership between Folds of Honor and PGA HOPE helps both Veterans and military families. As a PGA Professional, I’m grateful to my fellow PGA Members, the golf businesses participating in Patriot Golf Days and patriotic Americans who contribute to our mission. All money that is raised will directly benefit individuals and families in the community and the PGA Section where it was raised, and provide financial resources for Folds of Honor academic scholarships and PGA HOPE programs.”
Patriot Golf Days began as a grassroots fundraising initiative in 2007, with golfers across the country encouraged to add an extra dollar to their green fees to fund Folds of Honor scholarships for families of fallen or disabled Veterans. Over the last 15 years, the effort has grown to encompass a variety of fundraising efforts led by PGA Professionals and golfers in all 50 states and 41 PGA Sections.
These efforts, and other related yearlong activities, have raised more than $60 million and funded more than 12,000 scholarships to help Veterans, their spouses and children.
“Patriot Golf Days really does a lot to create awareness for all the impactful, vital work PGA HOPE and Folds of Honor do throughout the year,” said Cpl. Chris Nowak (Ret.), PGA HOPE Military and Veteran Liaison. “Through this partnership, we can reach and help more families of the men and women we serve, thanks to the PGA Members and facilities who participate.”