- SMGA Chapters/Affiliates
I. Mission Statement
“Empowering Wounded Warriors, One Fairway at a time.”
The Salute Military Golf Association (SMGA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation whose mission is to provide rehabilitative golf experiences and family-inclusive golf opportunities for post-9/11 wounded war veterans in an effort to improve the quality of life for these American heroes.
Jim Estes, PGA, a former PGA Tour Player and childhood friend Jamie Winslow co-founded the Salute Military Golf Association in late 2006. They both saw firsthand the positive force the game of golf could play in the recovery process for our nations wounded warriors. SMGA began with the purpose of creating a therapeutic outlet for soldiers undergoing prolonged medical treatment at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and Bethesda Naval Hospital in Maryland. Jim and SMGA’s efforts have been recognized by numerous media outlets. Jim was awarded the prestigious (2010) PGA Patriot Award, for his contributions to the recovery of wounded warriors. The following articles from ESPN.com tell how several trips from Walter Reed Army Medical Center to Olney Golf Park where Jim Estes is a PGA Teaching Professional eventually evolved into a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation aimed at supporting post 9/11 wounded warriors.
The Salute Military Golf Association is a 501(c)(3) whose aim is to meld a love of country and a love of golf into a non-profit with the mission to support the mental and physical rehabilitation of post-9/11 WWs through the game of golf. We understand the unique needs of the WWs returning home from service and have seen firsthand the powerful benefits the game of golf provides to the quality of their lives. Golf embodies strength, flexibility, endurance, balance and mental discipline, all central qualities of a successful rehabilitation program. As a byproduct of both our clinic programs and golf experiences many WWs today are enjoying the outdoors and the lasting friendships they have formed with other SMGA Warrior Golfers. This in turn has helped many of them return to active duty or reintegrate into their new civilian life.
What the SMGA has accomplished to date:
• Equipped more than _____ wounded warriors with properly fitted golf clubs.
• Offered free lessons to nearly ____ combat-wounded veterans.
• Provided hundreds of golf clinics open to wounded warriors and their families at more than 10 different locations across the United States.
• Support 30 Wounded Warriors in remote locations to participate in our American Golfer Program.
• Enabled the rehabilitative benefits of golf to improve the mental and physical condition of every veteran who has participated in an SMGA Golf Program through individualized player development programs – offering golf clinics, personal lessons, specialized equipment and golf experience trips.
IV. Board Bios
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