USGA gives to disabilities


The U.S. Golf Association spread more than $1.35 million in its traditional April distribution, the organization announced earlier this week. Eighty-six U.S. golf programs benefited, and one-fifth of those work to make golf available to players with disabilities.

Examples would include: the GAIN (Golf: Accessible and Inclusive Networks) initiative of the Ohio Junior Golf Association, the Not Far From Par program for autistic children in the Bergenfield (N.J.) Public School District, a golf-based rehabilitation effort for young men with substance abuse and mental health problems run by The Therapeutic Center at Fox Chase in Philadelphia, and a program for physically or visually impaired golfers organized by the Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association in Lake Forest, Ill., near Chicago.

The USGA Grants Initiative has given more than $65 million to worthy golf causes since 1997.