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The First Tee of the Tri-Valley Partners with PGA HOPE (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere)

The First Tee of the Tri-Valley has partnered with PGA Hope for all military veterans who are new or returning to the game of golf. The Northern California PGA Foundation and PGA Professionals partner with local VA hospitals and military installations to initiate this program, which includes a working partnership with physical therapists, introduction of the participant to the sport of golf, golf instruction, playing opportunities and social events - using golf as an activity to assist veterans with their progress in rehab along with helping them to assimilate and mainstream with their families, their communities, and life. 

Fridays, April 20 through Friday, May 25, 9:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m.
Pleasanton Golf Center (on the Alameda Fairgrounds)
4501 Pleasanton Avenue, Pleasanton, CA 94566

The HOPE program accommodates all Veterans with FREE golf instruction taught by local PGA Professionals. PGA HOPE is broken down into a two-part process: 
The first step is the Down Range Clinic, a free introductory of golf experience open to all veterans that serves as an orientation to the HOPE program. PGA Professionals provide proper instruction on the game, the use of adaptive equipment when necessary and are paired with our heroes by zip code to create a local hometown for participants to stay in the game. 
The Down Range Clinic, all veterans are invited to participate in the weekly HOPE sessions that will be conducted over the next 5 to 8 weeks. 
PGA of America and The First Tee of the Tri-Valley are grateful for the brave men and woman who have served in the United States military and defended the freedom of our great nation. 
Over 3.5 million veterans have some form of service connected disability
1 in 10 veterans are disabled
810,245 have a disability rating of 70 percent or higher
1.3 million veterans are living in poverty and many are homeless
Suicide is a major issue among military veterans, with recent statistical studies showing that rate of veteran suicide is much higher than previously thought: 5,000 to 8,000 Veteran suicides a year (20 suicides a day)
The First Tee of the Tri-Valley’s Mission: To impact the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf. Our chapter serves elementary schools in Dublin, Fremont, Livermore, Pleasanton and San Ramon through our National School Program impacting more than 25,000 students a year. As well as our chapter Life Skills Experience Classes, Tournaments, Camps, Overnights.