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February 1, 2007

National Deaf School Golf Program Launched

From: USDGA - Feb 1, 2007


United States Deaf Golf Association
Washington DC


Contact: Rob Strano Executive Director

Washington DC – The USDGA has officially launched the Physical Education Golf (PEG) Program and is excited to announce that it is available FREE to all Residential Schools for the Deaf in the United States. The first schools to take part in the program are: Hawaii Center for the Deaf, Louisiana School for the Deaf, Western PA School for the Deaf, MSSD-Gallaudet, Arizona School for the Deaf (Phoenix and Tucson), Florida School for the Deaf, Maryland School for the Deaf, Ohio School for the Deaf and the Learning Center for Deaf Children in Boston.

The PEG Program uses the SNAG golf equipment to introduce golf to the students in their PE classes. These initial 12 sessions provide comprehensive information from fundamentals through swing technique. There are 4 levels that the student will progress through, from beginner to advanced, with the last level having student/golfers ready to play on a school team.

The other PEG Program components are community skills training, golf etiquette with our partner eDimples, and academic training. The academic training partners with official PEG sponsors: Economics Pennsylvania, The Stock Market Game and Campus Door. This side of the program provides the students with business, economic and investment training in a competitive and educational format. “Using golf and all that it teaches individuals, and partnering that with the academics and business parts of the program, truly make PEG unlike anything available in the world for deaf kids,” Said USDGA Executive Director and PEG Program developer Rob Strano.

Each school gets as part of the FREE package these items: SNAG equipment package and teaching DVD and manual; eDimples golf etiquette and information booklets; EconomicsPA business training booklets, The Stock Market Game Program (as part of this the USDGA pays for two teams per school to compete nationally against other schools), and the Campus Door DVD.

The PEG Programs goal of empowering deaf youth and giving them the tools for future confidence and success is the driving force behind the USDGA Youth Programs. Coupled with the incredibly successful United States Deaf Golf Camps, the USDGA is paving the way for a new generation of skilled golfers and accomplished deaf youth.

The USDGA is the official head of deaf golf in the United States. With not only youth programs, but adult events and the National Championship to be played this year in St. Louis, it is leading the way growing the game of golf in the Deaf Community of America. For more information, please contact Executive Director Rob Strano at 443.404.8811.