July 16, 2021

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Connecticut Section PGA Golf Foundation Awards $45,000 of Financial Grants to 41 Golf Programs

SOUTH GLASTONBURY, Conn. (July 16, 2021) – The Connecticut Section PGA Golf Foundation announced their 2021 financial grant award recipients today. There are 41 diverse golf programs serving Military Veterans, youth golf and diverse populations.

“We’ve seen such a positive response from the participants in the programs we are serving,” said Tom Hantke, Executive Director for the Connecticut Section, PGA of America. “Golf is a unique vehicle that has the capacity to impact and changes lives for the better.”

Among the recipients of this year’s awards are The First Tee of Connecticut; Special Olympics of Connecticut; Mount Sinai John R. Suisman Golfers in Motion Rehabilitation Program; the Mohegan Sun Pro-Veteran; and a variety of junior golf camps and leagues throughout Connecticut and Western Massachusetts.

In addition to the financial awards, the PGA Foundation underwrites four six-week sessions of PGA HOPE (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere) and the Connecticut PGA Junior Golf Association and TOUR, consisting of 25 events and serving 350 boys and girls.

The PGA Foundation is also a participating sponsor of the Western Mass. Amputee Golf Open and The First Tee of Connecticut Charity Classic.

With today’s announcement, the PGA Foundation has now awarded more than $1 million in the past 20 years to deserving golf programs serving the charitable.

The Foundation’s purpose is to grow the game and positively impact the lives of youth, Military Veterans, and diverse populations by enabling access to PGA Professionals and the game of golf.

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