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The CDGA Foundation utilizes the game of golf to enhance the lives of individuals with special needs, veterans and youth.

Celebrating 75 Years in 2019

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Latest News

4th Annual Fore Our Veterans Golf Outing

The 2019 version of the scramble event took place on Thursday, Sept. 12 at the Odyssey Golf Foundation Golf Course in Tinley Park. Thanks to the sold-out field of 136 golfers and vast array of sponsors for helping make this annual event a success!

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3rd Annual On The Tee For Autism Golf Tournament

The 3rd Annual On The Tee For Autism Golf Tournament was held at Chicago Highlands on Monday, Sept. 9.  A sold-out field of 136 golfers enjoyed a round at one of the Chicago District's most-pristine private facilities, as well as a post-golf reception and silent auction.

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Chicago White Sox Fundraiser

The 13th Annual CDGA Foundation White Sox fundraiser was held on Friday, Aug. 24. More than 80 tickets were purchased by CDGA Foundation supporters, which were all donated to CDGA Foundation athletes.

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75th Anniversary Celebration

Approximately 80 CDGA Foundation program participants and donors attended the a special CDGA Foundation 75th Anniversary Celebration on Friday, June 21 at Midwest Golf House.

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CDGA Foundation on ABC7

On Wednesday, June 19, CDGA Foundation Executive Director Robert Markionni appeared on ABC 7 news with avid golfer Tracy Butler to discuss Foundation programs and the 75th anniversary.

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New Edition of "Rays of Hope"

The latest edition of "Rays of Hope," the CDGA Foundation's bi-annual newsletter, features an introduction to the Blind Veterans Golf Outings, a look at the Medinah Country Club Sunshine Through Golf camp and an update on the impact of Youth on Course.

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USGA Boatwright Summit Recap

In late May, the CDGA Foundation’s two USGA Boatwright Interns, Blake Harmet (left) and Kayla Dunbar, attended the Boatwright Summit at the USGA headquarters in New Jersey.

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Our Story

The CDGA Foundation utilizes the game of golf to enhance the lives of individuals with special needs, veterans and youth.  Our Sunshine Through Golf Camp Program brings the values and benefits of the game to more than 1,000 individuals with special needs in the Chicago District golfing community.  A cornerstone of the Foundation since 1944, our work with veterans employs the therapeutic benefits of golf as part of a structured rehabilitation program for wounded veterans, while also bringing opportunities to active duty military and their families.  The Youth on Course program provides affordable access to youth golfers in an effort to grow the game. 

Our Work

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Special Needs

Initiated 1999, the Sunshine Through Golf Camp Program services more than 1,200 individuals with special needs through nearly 100 clinics. The camps are a collaboration between the Foundation, Special Recreation Associations (SRAs), golf courses and golf professionals.

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Veterans

The Foundation was founded in 1944 to offer assistance for returning World War II veterans. These services are still offered today in conjunction with Chicagoland VA hospitals, the Great Lakes Naval Base, RevelationGolf and the Odyssey Golf Foundation.

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Youth

Youth on Course, brought to the area by the CDGA Foundation, allows individuals age 6-18 the opportunity to play rounds of golf for $5 or less at participating local courses. In 2017, the program's first season in Illinois, 3,200 local Youth on Course members played 6,300 rounds of golf.

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