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

CDGA Foundation Scholarship - Application Deadline

The second of two yearly application deadlines for the CDGA Foundation Scholarship is coming up on Wednesday, Sept. 15. The CDGA Foundation Scholarship is awarded to disabled veterans or dependents of deceased or disabled veterans living or hospitalized in the Chicago District. Awards come in varying amounts and are given on the basis of financial need, scholastic achievement, community service and personal goals.

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2021 Sunshine Through Golf Camps Under Way

The Sunshine Through Golf camp program, a partnership between PGA Professionals, CDGA member clubs, Special Recreation Associations (SRAs), Private Agencies or Park Districts, and the CDGA Foundation is under way for the 2021 golf season.

 

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5th On the Tee For Autism Golf Outing presented by Revels

The 5th On The Tee for Autism Golf Outing presented by Revels took place on Monday, Aug. 16. The annual fundraiser is a partnership between the CDGA Foundation and the Sullivan family, with the goal of raising funds for special needs-specific programming. The field of players enjoyed a picture-perfect summer day of golf at Chicago Highlands Club, along with a post-golf reception and silent auction.

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20th CDGA Foundation Golf Outing presented by Tour Edge

The 20th CDGA Foundation Golf Outing presented by Tour Edge, the annual CDGA Foundation fundraiser, returned following its cancelation in 2020 on Monday, June 21 at Glen View Club in Golf. The memorable day of golf featured caddies, a limited field, gourmet meals, prizes and more benefits the CDGA Foundation's programming. 

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Spring 2021 Rays of Hope

The May 2021 Rays of Hope newsletter features updates on CDGA Foundation programming, including Youth on Course and Veterans programs, as well as the renaming of the Bob Berry Sunshine Course, Brent Wadsworth Clubhouse and Don Gardner Library at Midwest Golf House.

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13th CDGA Foundation Marathon

The 13th CDGA Foundation Golf Marathon was held on Saturday, May 22 at Zigfield Troy. Sixteen golfers participated in playing 100 par-3 holes on the day of the event, with more than $92,000 raised toward CDGA Foundation programming.

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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

Coach with special needs student on putting green

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.

Veteran swinging on driving range

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 and RevelationGolf.

Young girls with clubs

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 2020, the program's fourth season in Illinois, 4,500 local Youth on Course members played 14,000 rounds of golf.