National Alliance for Accessible Golf
ACCESSIBLE GOLF AT A GLANCE
According to the 2010 U.S. Census Bureau survey, there are approximately 57 million Americans with some form of disability. This includes 19 percent of the total U.S. population. In other words, almost one in five U.S. residents has a disability.
According to a study conducted by the National Center on Accessibility at Indiana University in cooperation with Clemson University:
- 10 percent of people with some disability now play golf
- 22 percent of those with disabilities played golf before incurring their disability but are not playing now
- 35 percent of individuals with disabilities are currently not playing golf but are interested in learning
The National Alliance for Accessible Golf (Alliance) is the leader in inclusion — working to ensure the opportunity for all individuals with disabilities to play the game of golf.
Formed in the summer of 2001, the Alliance is represented by major golf, recreation and therapeutic organizations in the U.S.; organizations that provide services for people with disabilities; and others who advocate for the inclusion of people with disabilities into society.
Our mission is to increase participation of people with disabilities in the game of golf.
The Alliance accomplishes its mission through advocacy and promotion of the game as an inclusive sport. It also provides education and training to the golf industry and program coordinators on how to engage individuals with disabilities into the game through inclusive programs. And finally, the Alliance – with financial support from the United States Golf Association (USGA) – administers a grant program to assist grassroots efforts across the country that are growing the game of golf through inclusive programs for individuals with disabilities.
It has been proven that through golf, individuals with disabilities become actively engaged in the social fabric of a community, and derive health benefits that improve quality of life.
For more information about the Alliance, available resources and the USGA/Alliance Grant Program, go to www.accessgolf.org.