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.
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.
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.
A new partnership formed in 2016, the Foundation’s relationship with Youth on Course offers affordable access for youth. Golfers ages 6-18 can play rounds for $5 or less at select local courses, with Youth on Course subsidizing the difference from the course’s regular junior rate.