With the Field of Flags in the background and the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship at Southern Hills as the venue, it was an ideal setting Friday for the Folds of Honor to promote its partnership with PGA HOPE as well as the Patriot Cup Invitational on Monday.
This is the second year that PGA HOPE — Helping Our Patriots Everywhere — and Folds of Honor have worked together to increase their fundraising efforts and use golf to better serve the needs of veterans and their families.
Folds of Honor is an Owasso-based nonprofit that provides academic scholarships to spouses and children of military members who have been killed or disabled while serving in the U.S. armed forces.
PGA HOPE is a free, adaptive program that introduces veterans with disabilities to golf to enhance their physical, mental, social and emotional well-being. The program includes a developmental eight-week curriculum taught by PGA professionals.
“Our goal in this is to give the veteran a skill set to play the game of golf,” said Chris Nowak, PGA HOPE military and veteran liaison, at Friday’s press conference. “Because as we all know who play the game, that’s the one thing you need to be thinking about — striking the golf ball. We call that a moment in time at PGA HOPE.
“And that moment in time allows the veteran not to relive the trauma they dealt with, the trauma they’re dealing with and the other issues they’re dealing with as they come back and integrate back into society and start being productive members of society.”
More than 100 memorial flags have been purchased by family members for the Field of Flags to honor U.S. veterans.
“We don’t want to forget what this (Memorial Day) weekend really means,” said Bryan Karns, championship director at PGA of America.
The Patriot Cup Invitational is scheduled for Monday at the Patriot Golf Club in Owasso.
“It is such a blessing to use the game of golf to change lives,” said Lt. Col. Dan Rooney, founder and CEO of Folds of Honor.