Archives for 2007

Iowa PGA Professionals provide a new lease on life for veterans as part of the inaugural GIVE Foundation

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By Bob Denney
Senior Association Writer
The PGA of America

RIVERSIDE, Iowa – The cold, fickle November weather which Iowans have come to expect has done nothing to disrupt the mood among 17 veterans gathered indoors for one of the most memorable classrooms ever assembled in Iowa golf history.

The 17 students, who had served from World War II through Iraq, were the first student/participants in the inaugural Golf For Injured Veterans Everywhere (GIVE) Foundation program. The 17 were busy completing their seventh session on Nov. 12, a day after the country took pause for Veterans Day. A week later, they would celebrate the end of their golf “basic training.”

The program was conceived by Louis King, a veteran and former executive director of The PGA of America. King believes that golf could be an important part of an injured veteran’s recovery. King was asked by Dan Kehl to bring together the Iowa PGA Section and the VA to form the partnership at the Section’s new on-course home – Blue Top Ridge at Riverside. King was named president of the GIVE Foundation.
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KCRG G.I.V.E. Coverage

[flv: 300 240] KCRG coverage of G.I.V.E. broadcast on 11/28/2007 by John Campbell, TV9 Sports.

Indoor Images – November 2007

G.I.V.E. Indoor Instruction November 07

Here you will find some images taken from the indoor instruction which was held at Riverside Casino and Golf Resort.

G.I.V.E. Kickoff Video

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This video displays video and still images captured at the G.I.V.E. (Golf for Injured Veterans Everywhere) Kickoff which was held at Riverside Casino and Golf Resort on Thursday, October 4th, 2007. Special thanks to Barry Sharp for providing images for video!


Golf Lessons for Injured Vets

By John Campbell, TV9 Sports

Riverside-Cedar Rapids golf consultant Lou King had an idea, he has run with it and now things are rolling with the G-I-V-E program.

Under it, injured vets have been given free golf lessons this fall at Riverside Casino and Golf Resort. The teachers have been members of the Iowa Section PGA. They have donated their time. Riverside has donated its facilities. Hy-Vee has donated food and clubs to the vets.

It has all been coordinated by the Iowa City VA Medical Center.  17 injured vets completed the first session. A VA spokesman says they have a waiting list for future golf lessons.

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G.I.V.E. Kickoff Photos

GIVE Kickoff Event

View the pictures taken by Barry Sharp at the G.I.V.E. Kickoff event which was held at Blue Top Ridge on October 4th, 2007.

Injured veterans complete first golf class

By The Press-Citizen Newsroom on behalf of Riverside Casino & Golf Resort

November 19 was a special day for participants in the Golf for Injured Veterans Everywhere (G.I.V.E) program. Seventeen disabled veterans completed their basic training . . . in golf.

The VA Medical Center in Iowa City, the Iowa PGA Section and Riverside Casino & Golf Resort established G.I.V.E. to allow veterans with disabilities being seen at the Iowa City VA Medical Center the opportunity to learn and play the game of golf.

The golf program has four phases of training for veterans to enhance their mental, social, physical, and emotional well-being and improve their quality of life. Instruction is provided by golf professionals from across the state who are members of the Iowa Section PGA at the Riverside Casino & Golf Resort where they have access to the Blue Top Ridge at Riverside golf course.

This first class included veterans from WWII, Vietnam War, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

At the final session the graduates were presented with complete sets of golf clubs donated by Iowans at Iowa City, Coralville, and Cedar Rapids Hy-Vee stores and refurbished and fit to the individual player by PGA professionals. Hy-Vee also presented the graduates with a free Thanksgiving turkey.

Iowa VA Medical Center Director Barry Sharp praised the program calling it a “truly unique partnership” that will benefit our veterans “We could not be more pleased to have the Iowa Veterans for Golf Program start in Iowa City. It shows a commitment from Iowa businesses and organizations to our veterans. It will bring great enjoyment to our veterans, their families, VA staff, PGA staff and Blue Top Ridge at Riverside staff.”

Riverside Casino & Golf Resort CEO, Dan Kehl, said, “We are proud to have been a part of this program and are anxious to have the graduates play the course next spring and summer. Golf might be one small way we can repay the debt all of us owe these great Americans.”