Golf’s Annual Philanthropic Contributions Are More Than the NBA, NFL, NHL and MLB Combined

WE ARE GOLF – a coalition of the game's leading associations and industry partners – met with Members of Congress during the sixth annual National Golf Day to share stories and new data about golf's diverse businesses, employees, tax revenue creation, tourism and charitable benefits, and environmental leadership. WE ARE GOLF brought a cast of storytellers to Capitol Hill
to discuss what golf has meant to them. Reports about golf's economic
contributions to cash-strapped states around the nation were shared with
influential policy makers who may not have otherwise been aware. "Our primary goal is to communicate to Congressional members
that golf is a $68.8 billion per year industry and generates almost $4 billion
annually for charities, the majority of which is donated to causes unrelated to
the sport," says Steve Mona, CEO of World Golf Foundation (WGF) and
administrator of WE ARE GOLF. "Today's event highlighted our six-year-long
initiative that has brought industry stakeholders, large and small, to Capitol
Hill to describe how the game affects their lives and should be regarded like
any other small business." Organizations participating included the Club Managers
Association of America (CMAA), Golf Course Superintendents Association of
America (GCSAA), Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA), National Golf Course
Owners Association (NGCOA), PGA of America, PGA TOUR and WGF. Some industry
leaders in attendance were: • Peter Broome,
Chairman, United States Golf Manufacturers Council • Rhett Evans, CEO,
GCSAA • Nancy Henderson,
Executive Director of Teaching and Club Professionals, LPGA • Michael Hughes,
CEO, NGCOA • Steve Mona, CEO,
WGF • Joe Ogilvie,
current PGA TOUR player • Jim Singerling,
CEO, CMAA • Derek Sprague,
Vice President, PGA of America • Leading golf
course superintendents, small business owners, manufacturers, etc. National Golf Day featured a day-long exhibit in the Rayburn
Foyer with live lessons for Members of Congress and staff from 2012 PGA Teacher
of the Year Michael Breed, host of "The Golf Fix" on Golf Channel, and LPGA
Professional Dana Rader. Special exhibits and activities featured an aboutGolf
simulator with a "Closest to the Pin" contest; state-of-the-art swing analysis
from GolfTEC; Birdie Ball, the latest at-home training technology; a Republican
vs. Democrat "Putting Challenge;" lessons from Mid-Atlantic Section PGA
Professionals and a golf educational display. "We are here today representing nearly two million people
who provide significant benefits to our local communities through golf, such as
getting youth involved in the game to teach them life skills," says Rhett
Evans, CEO of GCSAA and WE ARE GOLF Coalition Chairman. "When passing
legislation, we want Congress to appropriately recognize the size and scope of
the golf industry so we are treated equally." At nearly $69 billion, golf's economic impact exceeds
spectator sports, the performing arts, and the amusement and recreation
industries. It's key to the economic vitality of many states and localities,
providing nearly two million jobs and $55.6 billion in annual wage income. In November 2012, the golf industry announced the game's
charitable impact is approximately $3.9 billion per year. As a fundraising
vehicle, the game includes an estimated 12,000 golf facilities, 143,000 events,
and 12 million participants and raises $26,300 average per function. Golf's annual philanthropic contributions are more than the
NBA, NFL, NHL and MLB combined. To join the social conversation, visit twitter.wearegolf.org
and use #iamgolf to tweet why golf is more than a game to you. About WE ARE GOLF WE ARE GOLF was formed four years ago, in part because it
had become clear the industry was misunderstood by too many elected officials.
Longstanding perceptions of the game simply didn't square with the facts. By
focusing on the nearly two million Americans whose livelihoods are tied to
golf, WE ARE GOLF has leveled the playing field for the thousands of small
businesses that make up the industry. As a result, golf is no longer being excluded from important
legislation. Members of Congress now better understand the myriad benefits the
game brings to their communities. The nearly two million U.S. jobs generated by the $69
billion golf industry, and its vast economic reach, are at the core of WE ARE
GOLF'S message. Given the scope and pace of federal government activity and the
impact on small businesses, the golf industry can play a vital role as
policymakers continue efforts to boost employment and get the nation's economy
back on track. Beyond better demonstrating golf's profound economic clout, WE
ARE GOLF illustrates the industry's health and wellness benefits, its
unparalleled charitable giving, and its environmental sustainability
initiatives.