The mission of PGA REACH is to positively impact the lives of military, youth, and diverse populations by enabling access to PGA Professionals, PGA Sections and the game of golf.
PGA REACH of Michigan offers several programs that focus on growing the game and investing in diversity:
PGA Jr. League is a fun, social and inclusive opportunity for boys and girls to learn and enjoy the game of golf.
PGA Jr. League brings family and friends together around fun, team golf experiences with expert coaching from PGA and LPGA Professionals
PGA Jr. League is the flagship youth pillar program of PGA REACH, with the goal of making the program accessible to all interested kids in the United States and around the world.
In 2017, a record-setting 42,000 boys and girls played on 3,400 teams, surpassing the 36,000 players on 2,900 teams in 2016.
PGA HOPE (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere) is the flagship military program of PGA REACH, the charitable foundation of the PGA of America. PGA HOPE introduces golf to Veterans with disabilities to enhance their physical, mental, social and emotional well-being.
The 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. All programs are funded by PGA REACH and supplemented by PGA Section Foundations, so the cost of programming is free to all Veterans.
PGA HOPE has a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), which enables Recreational Therapists to refer Veterans to the PGA HOPE program as a form of therapy. Through a robust program strategy, PGA HOPE aspires to create a physically and emotionally healthier Veteran community by shaping lives, changing lives, and possibly saving lives through the game of golf.
The Hero video below, featuring Jack Nicklaus, highlights the positive impact that PGA HOPE has on the lives of military Veterans.
The PGA WORKS Fellowship is one of the flagship programs of PGA REACH. The PGA WORKS Fellowship aspires to be the most valuable entry-level employment opportunity for individuals from diverse backgrounds to garner experience in all facets of the golf industry.
PGA REACH launched the PGA WORKS Fellowship in 2017, and has placed PGA WORKS Fellows in the Middle Atlantic, Carolinas, New Jersey, Western New York, Michigan, Gateway, South Florida, Southern and Northern Ohio, Connecticut, Metropolitan, Northern California, and Wisconsin PGA Sections.