Semper Fi Fund and Salute Military Golf Association tee up partnership to help Service Members with Golf Skills and Experiences

Team Semper Fi athletes find Recovery Through Sport on the Golf Course

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 26, 2017

OCEANSIDE, California – The Semper Fi Fund and the Salute Military Golf Association are pleased to announce the renewal of their partnership to provide opportunities for post-9/11 wounded, critically ill and injured service members and veterans to learn and improve their golf skills — skills that can be used for a lifetime.

Together, the SMGA’s American Golfer Program and the Semper Fi Fund’s Team Semper Fi Program are helping service members and veterans get involved in adaptive golf programs and to learn and compete in the sport.

“We are honored to partner with the Salute Military Golf Association to provide service members with a positive, productive outlet that they can enjoy for a lifetime,” said Semper Fi Fund President, CEO and Founder Karen Guenther. “Sport can have a truly transformative power; getting these men and women together on the golf course isn’t just great exercise, it’s also mentally and emotionally empowering.”

Team Semper Fi is the Semper Fi Fund’s recreational, event-based, sport program. It is comprised of servicemen and women who have overcome significant challenges in their service to our country, and who have embraced the fighting, athletic spirit on their road to recovery. The program provides an exciting outlet for participants, allowing them to build confidence, camaraderie and lifelong bonds with their fellow teammates.

“The impact these programs have had, and continue to have, on our veterans’ physical and mental rehabilitation is incredible,” said SMGA Executive Director Dan Pflieger. “Not only do these programs and golf bring our nation’s wounded veterans together, but they also introduce many to a new normal.”

Through the American Golfer Program, Veterans from Semper Fi Fund’s Team Semper Fi program attend a series of six one-hour golf lessons with a local PGA professional trained in adaptive golf. At the completion of the course, they are outfitted with a custom-fit set of golf clubs. All participants who complete the TSF American Golfer Program become SMGA members and are eligible for countless benefits to spur their interest and participation in the sport of golf.

Together, SFF and SMGA are fulfilling the mission to help service members find Recovery Through Sport.

To learn more about the Semper Fi Fund and Salute Military Golf Association, please contact Beth Bourgeois at beth.bourgeois@semperfifund.org or 719-216-3206.

About the Semper Fi Fund:
The Semper Fi Fund provides urgently needed resources and lifetime support for wounded, critically ill and injured members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families. Case managers from the Semper Fi Fund work one-on-one with service members and veterans to understand and support their individual needs right now and throughout their lifetime. We keep our overhead low so our impact on the lives of service members and veterans is greater. The Semper Fi Fund has been awarded the highest ratings from watchdog groups: an A+ from CharityWatch — one of only two veteran nonprofits to receive this rating last year — and six consecutive “4-Star” ratings from Charity Navigator, an achievement attained by only 3% of rated charities. Visit Semper Fi Fund to learn more.

About Team Semper Fi and Team America’s Fund:
Team Semper Fi is the Semper Fi Fund’s recreational, event-based, sport program. It is comprised of service members who have overcome significant challenges after injury or illness, and who have embraced the fighting, athletic spirit on their road to recovery.

About the Salute Military Golf Association:
The SMGA’s mission is to provide rehabilitative golf programs, 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. Eligible veterans and service members include those wounded or injured in post 9/11 military operations, including those with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and/or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). With programs available nationwide, the SMGA serves thousands of veterans and their families annually. SMGA routinely directs more than 90% of its donations to programming. In SMGA’s latest audited financials, 87% of all funds were used to directly support wounded and injured post-9/11 veterans. Visit www.smga.org to learn more.