The Colorado PGA REACH Foundation works daily to support our over 825 Colorado PGA Professionals to make a difference in our local communities. Programming ensures that regardless of your age or background, cost will never inhibit one’s involvement and enjoyment of the game of golf.
The activities of Colorado PGA REACH are centered on a few guiding principles:
The funding raised by Colorado PGA REACH goes directly back to support our members to deliver the many programs we provide. It is with great pride that we are able to report that 92 cents of every dollar raised for the Foundation goes back to the programs we support. Additionally, we are very proud that the Colorado Section, along with donations from our Colorado PGA Members, contributes over $100,000 annually to Colorado PGA REACH.
Colorado PGA REACH is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and most donations are a tax deductible contribution.
The Youth Development Pillar of COLORADO PGA REACH seeks to improve and advance opportunities for youth. Introduction to the sport at an early age has proven to provide great opportunities in the areas of education, health and wellness, and character building.
COLORADO PGA REACH programming will ensure that cost doesn’t prohibit youth from entering the sport and will serve as a central role in the golf industry’s effort to introduce the sport to youth of all ages and backgrounds in a safe, fun environment.
Colorado PGA Golf in Schools Program is an introductory program at absolutely no cost to the students and no cost to the schools. The program, in partnership with the Colorado Open Golf Foundation, has been bringing golf to schools since 2008 where more than 100,000 kids have been introduced to the game in over 160 schools.
The program is built on the synergy created between the participating school, the PGA Golf Professional, and the host Golf Facility. The program offers:
Colorado PGA Golf in Schools is supported by the Colorado Governor’s Council for Physical Fitness, and the curriculum has been developed, in part, by our partnership with youth development and education experts with Aurora Public Schools. Click here for more information.
PGA Jr. League is designed to better socialize the game for boys and girls, ages 17 and under. It features team vs. team competitions in structured leagues that provide a popular, less stressful scramble format as opposed to stroke-play competition.
Golf’s version of Little League baseball has seen significant growth since its inception as a pilot program in 2012. PGA Jr. League teams consist of at least 10 players, managed by a PGA Professional, with each player receiving a uniform and PGA instruction. The format is focused on fun and recreation and is a great way to begin in the sport.
The aim is to make PGA Jr. League accessible to all children everywhere, regardless of circumstance. That is why scholarships are available for those needing assistance to participate in the program.
At its core, PGA Jr. League is a group of local golf teams who play a series of games against each other, utilizing a nurturing and social scramble format. PGA and LPGA Professionals exclusively serve as Captains and are responsible for creating a welcoming environment for all that encourages skill and character development.
Local Leagues consist of a minimum of four teams. At the conclusion of the regular season, an All-Star team for the league is chosen. Those All-Star teams compete for the Regional Championship with the Regional winners moving on to compete for the National Championship.
Four-time major champion Rory McIlroy was named a PGA Jr. League Ambassador in 2014.
Golden State Warriors All Star and two-time NBA MVP Stephen Curry became a PGA Jr. League Ambassador in November 2018.
Olympic Gold Medalist and FIFA Women’s World Cup Champion Alex Morgan was named a PGA Jr. League Ambassador in November 2018.
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 and 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, engaged in the following Military initiatives:
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, 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 continue to expand the HOPE Program across the Section boundaries to serve our wounded heroes in all of our communities.
If you are interested in being a part of one of the Colorado PGA HOPE programs, let us know by CLICKING HERE.
Each year, the week of February 14 has been designated “Visit a Veteran” week by the Veterans Administration. The Colorado PGA and its Member Professionals have taken up that charge. For each of the past 8 years, PGA Professionals have come together, with the support of our partners, to spend a day at the Denver VA, visiting veterans in all areas of the hospital to simply spend a few minutes thanking them for their service and providing them with a Colorado PGA REACH hat and coin, a small token of our gratitude.
In 2021, the Colorado PGA visit to the VA Hospital has yet to be set. To participate, contact Holly Champion at 303-996-1591 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Inclusion is a core value and focus of COLORADO PGA REACH and we embrace the spirit of differences.
We work each and every day at the Colorado PGA to have our commitment to inclusion resonate throughout the organization, the activities, programs and business we conduct. We strive to look through a lens of inclusion at all times. As the Colorado PGA serves its members and grows participation in golf, we help drive the awareness that golf is in fact affordable, welcoming, and fun for all individuals regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, ability, background or lifestyle.
Each year COLORADO PGA REACH awards Pillar Grants to local PGA Members and golf facilities that offer programming that strives to make golf inclusive of people from all cultural and ethnic backgrounds and for individuals with disabilities. In 2020, more than $64,000 in grant funding was distributed to Colorado PGA Members who had developed programs and opportunities that met our strict Diversity & Inclusion guidelines.
The application for the 2021 Colorado PGA REACH Pillar Grants is now available. Click Here to Apply. The deadline for submitting an application is Monday, March 15, 2021, at 5:00pm.
Annually, Colorado PGA REACH awards college scholarships to students who attend the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs Professional Golf Management Program (UCCS PGM), as well as to attendees of the Women’s Leadership Summit. In addition, children and grandchildren of PGA Professionals in Colorado, who qualify, may be granted college scholarships. Since 2008, Colorado PGA REACH has funded more than $229,ooo in college scholarships.
The United States Olympic Committee’s FLAME (Finding Leaders Among Minorities Everywhere) program provides high school, college, and graduate-level students with an intensive look into the corporate world of elite sport. The program offers an exciting and rigorous curriculum aimed at increasing knowledge of the Olympic and Paralympic movements, providing participants with personal and professional development.
The Colorado PGA has partnered with the United States Olympic Committee’s FLAME program to introduce golf as a career enhancement option to a dedicated group of diverse college-age students enrolled in the USOC’s sports leadership program. The introduction of golf as a vehicle for professional development by PGA Professionals to a group of high-performing students is crucial to the diversification of both the participant base of golf and to the future leaders in the sports industry.
The Colorado PGA REACH Women’s Leadership Summit serves as a catalyst to empower women on and off the golf course. The Colorado PGA REACH Foundation is committed to the development, advancement and empowerment of women. Colorado PGA REACH is excited to announce its Third Annual Leadership Summit where we partner with top women leaders to pay it forward to next-generation women leaders. The Summit is an investment in current and future women leaders by providing content, tools, mentoring and networking opportunities to support their career advancement. The first Women’s Leadership Summit was held in 2018.
The 2020 Women’s Leadership Summit has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Summit will again be held in 2021.
The Colorado PGA REACH Foundation, the 501(c)(3) charitable foundation of the Colorado PGA has named Elizabeth Whan the Foundation’s First PGA WORKSread more
Meet Joseph Robinson United States Army Retired Sergeant First Class Joseph Robinson is the Colorado PGA HOPE Ambassador and is excited for his roleread more
Applications are being accepted for the Colorado PGA REACH Pillar Grant Program – previously known as Growth of the Game Grants. Click here toread more