Supporting Our Military

The Military Pillar of COLORADO PGA REACH seeks to improve the physical, mental, and social rehabilitation of our military heroes and their families through the sport of golf.

 

The lifetime sport of golf has proven to be excellent for activity and competition, but has also allowed military personnel to assimilate back into their community through the social interaction the game provides.  In recognition and thanks for the sacrifices made by our men and women in uniform, the Colorado PGA has, and will continue to engage in the following Military initiatives:

 

 

 


PGA H.O.P.E. (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere) - Ft. Carson Chapter

Helping our Patriots Everywhere (HOPE) is a year round program designed to keep interested veterans playing golf in order to embrace their mental, social, physical and emotional well-being.  PGA Hope includes an introduction to the sport of golf, golf instruction, playing opportunities and social events.  

  

The founding chapter of PGA HOPE within the Colorado Section borders is located at Cheyenne Shadows Golf Course at Fort Carson and was launched in 2014.   The Warrior Transition Battalion (WTB) at Ft. Carson serves as a temporary assignment for soldiers who are recovering from major service-induced injuries.  Through a partnership with the WTB at Ft. Carson, and with the support of the PGA Professionals at Cheyenne Shadows GC, the PGA HOPE program was able to provide an introductory golf experience, playing and social events for more than 100 wounded warriors and their families all at no cost to the soldier or their support system.

  

In coming years, the Colorado PGA hopes to expand the HOPE Program across the Section boundaries to serve our wounded heroes in all of our communities.


PGA H.O.P.E. (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere) - Denver V.A. Chapter

The Colorado PGA is excited to announce the creation of the Denver VA HOPE (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere) Chapter.  The partnership operates with the goal of introducing golf to veterans and wounded warriors as a means of rehabilitation, recreation, and reconnection. 

  

“I’m glad that the Colorado PGA is reaching out to get more Veterans involved in the sport of golf,” said Daniel Warvi, Public Affairs Officer of the VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System.  “Disabled Veterans of all ages and abilities report better health, new friendships and a better quality of life when participating in adaptive sports. Disabled Veterans who are physically active simply have more fun!”

  

This is the second chapter of PGA HOPE hosted by the Colorado PGA.  In 2014, the Colorado PGA partnered with the Warrior Transition Battalion (WTB) at Ft. Carson to host the founding chapter of PGA HOPE in Colorado.  The WTB serves as a temporary assignment for soldiers who are recovering from major service-induced injuries.  Through a partnership with the WTB at Ft. Carson, and with the support of the PGA Professionals at Cheyenne Shadows GC, the PGA HOPE program was able to provide an introductory golf experience, playing and social events for more than 100 wounded warriors and their families all at no cost to the soldier or their support system.

  

“We are extremely excited about our PGA Hope program expanding into Denver,” said Eddie Ainsworth, Colorado PGA Executive Director.  “We have seen such positive results from this program assisting our soldiers and families at Fort Carson that we feel privileged to reach even more of our veterans. Golf can truly be a rehabilitation tool and our veterans can be assured were ready and willing to stand beside them as they go through the rehabilitation process. “

  

The Denver VA Chapter will work to provide an opportunity to the 81,343 unique Veterans using VA Eastern Colorado facilities.  Clinics will include 5 1-hour lessons along with on-course play/access and a graduation event.