Since the late 1990s, the New Jersey Golf Foundation and Special Olympics New Jersey have had a remarkable bond.
The NJGF, a corporate partner and proud supporter of the golf programming for Special Olympics NJ, has helped participate in annual tournaments and clinics throughout the year.
Special Olympics New Jersey Athletes Chris Harold and Alison Seber, coached by the late Ray Harold, represented Team New Jersey at the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games in Seattle, Washington, July 2-5.
For Chris and Ray Harold (pictured on the right), their time on the course at the Special Olympics USA Games goes beyond golf. It’s about savoring every last moment together.
Chris Harold finished second in Level-2 Play, while Coach Ray Harold had the privilege of carrying his son’s bag during competition.
ELS for autism
Physical activities for children living with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) are proven to improve their quality of life, while enabling them to gain confidence in a welcoming environment.
The New Jersey Golf Foundation supports the Ernie Els #GameON Autism® Golf Program, an innovative golf program specially tailored for individuals on the spectrum, encouraging participants to learn golf skills while practicing specific autism learning concepts including communication, emotional regulation, motor and social skills.
high school transition program
World of Work - the school to work transition career program that provides high school students with intellectual and developmental disabilities with employment opportunities at local golf facilities.
In collaboration with each respective School District’s Transition Program, Spring Brook Country Club; Black Oak Golf Club; Roxiticus Golf Club; Mendham Golf and Tennis Club; Somerset Hills Country Club and Essex Fells Country Club participated in the program with high school students (over the age of 16) experiencing golf industry employment, including golf course maintenance, outside operations, special events and food and beverage services.
In addition to our core programming for youth, military and special needs, W.O.W. allows us to make a more meaningful impact on the next generation by introducing them to viable career opportunities in the golf business.
mid Atlantic blind Golf association
On June 11, 2016, at the Anchor Golf Center, in Whippany, NJ, a group of blind/visually impaired boys and girls enjoyed an exciting afternoon of golf, highlighted by complimentary golf instruction from New Jersey Section Professionals as well as junior golfers from the NJPGA Junior Tour.
Each individual was paired with a Section member and received tips on the fundamentals of the game.
The clinic was complemented by a summer carnival that included music, food, games, and contests!
The New Jersey Golf Foundation proudly supports the Middle Atlantic Blind Golf Association, a non-profit 501c corporation that provides blind and visually impaired (legally blind) men, women, and children the opportunity to enjoy the challenges and rewards that golf offers.
Today, MABGA has 115 visually impaired golfers and coaches, with another 78 junior blind golfers.
communication, emotional regulation, motor, and social skills.