WASHINGTON, D.C. – WE ARE GOLF – a coalition of the game’s leading associations and industry partners – visited Capitol Hill on Wednesday for the ninth annual National Golf Day to discuss the game’s nearly $70 billion economic impact, $4 billion annual charitable impact, environmental value to local communities and fitness benefits.
Industry leaders met with Members of Congress, the Executive Branch and federal agencies to highlight the two million jobs impacted by golf and the nearly $4 billion charitable impact through 143,000 philanthropic events per year. Throughout the day, participants shared stories about the game’s 15,000-plus diverse businesses, the one in 75 U.S. jobs impacted by the industry, tax revenue creation, accessibility, tourism and ecological value.
“Capitol Hill’s annual Golf Day spells out that golf is much more than a game," says Congressman Ander Crenshaw (R-FL). "Along with the sportsmanship and opportunity to forge new and lasting relationships, and mentor youth through such organizations as The First Tee, come billions of dollars worth of economic growth, job creation, and charitable giving. That’s something we all can get behind, today and for decades to come.”
This year’s event also included 2016 U.S. Ryder Cup Captain Davis Love III, Vice Captain Steve Stricker and LPGA legend Nancy Lopez.
“Golf plays a significant role in stimulating our economy and is very accessible, with nine of 10 golfers playing public facilities," says Congressman James E. Clyburn, Assistant Democratic Leader (D-SC). "Today was a unique opportunity for the industry to share golf’s many benefits with Congressional leaders in D.C."
Organizations participating were the Club Managers Association of America, Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA), Ladies Professional Golf Association, National Golf Course Owners Association, PGA of America (PGA), PGA TOUR, United States Golf Association, United States Golf Manufacturers Council, World Golf Foundation and others.
“Each year, National Golf Day grows momentum on Capitol Hill and reminds our country's decision-makers of the benefits golf provides our society and how it supports countless charitable causes, including many related to our nation’s military,” says Steve Mona, CEO of World Golf Foundation and administrator of WE ARE GOLF. “With the game making its return to the Olympics in less than 100 days, our industry is positioned to reach new global audiences and it’s important we communicate in America the positive role golf plays in local communities."
National Golf Day featured a day-long exhibit in the Rayburn Foyer with live lessons for Congressional Members and staff from 2012 PGA Teacher of the Year Michael Breed, host of “The Golf Fix” on Golf Channel and LPGA Teaching Professional Karen Palacios-Jansen. Special exhibits and activities included a “Closest to the Pin” contest on an aboutGolf simulator; state-of-the-art swing analysis from GolfTEC; National Arboretum’s “Grassroots Initiative” overview; a Republican vs. Democrat “Putting Challenge;” a turfgrass exhibit from the GCSAA; and interviews with attendees on SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio.
Across America, Topgolf partnered with WE ARE GOLF to offer free five-minute lessons at each of its 21 U.S. locations with slow-motion video swing analysis through its Topgolf U instructional program.
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About WE ARE GOLF
WE ARE GOLF, created in 2010, is an industry coalition that communicates the economic, charitable and environmental impact of golf, as well the health and wellness benefits of the game and the affordability and accessibility of golf, to Members of Congress, the Executive Branch and regulatory agencies. The goal of WE ARE GOLF is to ensure that laws and regulations that impact the golf industry are fair and appropriate to an industry that generates nearly $70 billion in economic impact annually, employs close to two million Americans and generates nearly $4 billion in charitable giving each year.