During the Month of May, the Indiana PGA and the USO of Indiana are partnering together to honor America's service members and raise funds to benefit the USO of Indiana and the Indiana PGA HOPE. Participating facilities around the state of Indiana will be hosting special events, tournaments, or simply asking golfers to donate at least one additional dollar to their greens fees.
The purpose of PGA HOPE (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere) is to help military veterans assimilate back into their communities through the social experience the game of golf provides. The HOPE program provides Veterans with golf instruction at no cost taught by local PGA professionals.
“The Indiana PGA is excited to partner with the USO of Indiana for Military Appreciation Month,” said Tony Pancake, Indiana PGA President and Director of Golf at Crooked Stick GC. “We recognize the tremendous sacrifice by our military and their families so this is a great opportunity for us to show our gratitude. It also gives us the chance to raise funds to support their programs and allow us to further our support through the PGA HOPE initiative.”
PGA Hope is a two-step program beginning with a Down Range Clinic and followed by weekly HOPE sessions led by PGA professionals over the next 5 – 8 weeks.
“We are really excited about this partnership with the Indiana PGA. Golf is a sport that really resonates with our service members, as there are military courses around the world,” remarked Charles Ridings, USO of Indiana’s Executive Director. “Supporting the USO of Indiana and PGA HOPE is a great way to take care of those that have taken a pledge to protect us here in the state.”
The USO of Indiana strengthens America’s military service members by keeping them connected to family, home and country, throughout their service to the nation. United in commitment to keep military members connected to the things they hold dearest, we are a family of volunteers sustained by the charitable contributions of generous citizens, businesses and organizations.