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Janus Persaud, U.S. Marines, Named PGA HOPE Ambassador with 19 Fellow PGA HOPE Veterans
November 11th 2019 -
20 Military Veterans with Disabilities Named
PGA HOPE Ambassadors in Celebration of
Veterans Day and PGA National Day of HOPE

Veterans received advanced golf instruction and wellness training
from PGA Professionals; New PGA HOPE Brand Ambassadors
will support local Veterans at PGA HOPE programs nationwide

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (Nov. 11, 2019) PGA REACH—the 501(c)(3) charitable foundation of the PGA of America—has announced that 20 military Veterans have been named PGA HOPE Ambassadors in celebration of Veterans Day and the 3rd Annual PGA National Day of HOPE.

PGA National Day of HOPE has two goals: Celebrate our nation’s heroes, who protect our freedom; and raise awareness and support for PGA HOPE (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere), the signature military program for PGA REACH. PGA HOPE is a national program that introduces golf to military Veterans to enhance their physical, mental, social and emotional well-being.

PGA HOPE helps Veterans assimilate back into their communities through the social interaction the game of golf provides, and is offered at no cost to Veterans. Led by PGA Professionals, there are currently more than 90 PGA HOPE programs, helping approximately 2,500 Veterans annually.

The 20 Veterans were named PGA HOPE Ambassadors following the completion of a specialized training program during the Inaugural PGA HOPE National Golf & Wellness Week, which was conducted in October, at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland. The four-day program included advanced golf instruction and wellness training.

Each participating Veteran received a specially designed golf and wellness tool kit that included golf training tips, exercises and other recommendations for healthy living. Each new PGA HOPE Ambassador will now represent their respective PGA of America Section and support their fellow Veterans in communities across the country during PGA HOPE clinics and training programs.

                                             20 New PGA HOPE Ambassadors




Josh Swindle


U.S. Army

Eric Schuster

Central NY

U.S. Army

Bill Wiegand


U.S. Air Force

William Caywood


U.S. Army

Janus Persaud


U.S. Marines

Matt Underwood

Middle Atlantic

U.S. Navy

Daniel Brazzell


U.S. Marines

David Karl


U.S. Air Force

Chris Solivan

New Jersey

U.S. Marines

Douglas Jackson

North Florida

U.S. Marines

Will Stockholm

Northern California

U.S. Marines

Randy Shack

Northern Texas

U.S. Army

Sean Sanders


U.S. Army

Mary Anderson-Kokell

South Florida

U.S. Army

Burton Jones

Southern Ohio

U.S. Air Force

Casey Dorrell


U.S. Army

Clark Harrison


U.S. Army

Dennis McClure


U.S. Army

Nick Martone

Western NY

U.S. Marines

Joseph Robinson


U.S. Army

 Key responsibilities for the new PGA HOPE Ambassadors include:

  • Attend PGA HOPE programming, graduations and PGA HOPE fundraising events.
  • Actively discuss and advocate for the PGA HOPE program; recruit Veterans in their home community; educate interested individuals about PGA HOPE.
  • Commit to a personal health and wellness regimen.
  • Commit to positively represent the PGA HOPE program and empower other Veterans to embrace healthier, more positive choices.

“We congratulate each of these 20 heroes on their successful completion of PGA HOPE National Golf & Wellness Week,” said PGA REACH Senior Director Ryan Cannon. “Their commitment to protecting our freedoms and helping others provides inspiration to us all.”

On Sunday, Nov. 17, to further support PGA National Day of HOPE, “CBS Sunday Morning” is scheduled to highlight the golf journey of Renee Powell, PGA/LPGA, the PGA Head Professional at Clearview Golf Club, in East Canton, Ohio—site of the groundbreaking Clearview HOPE program. Powell, a member of the PGA of America Hall of Fame and Board of Directors, and the second woman of color to compete on the LPGA Tour, hosts the first-ever PGA HOPE program specifically for women Veterans. Six of these Veterans participating in the program experienced the opportunity of a lifetime last summer, as they traveled to Scotland in July to spend a week in St. Andrews.

For more information on PGA National Day of HOPE and make a donation, please

PGA REACH is the 501(c)(3) charitable foundation of the PGA of America. The mission of PGA REACH is to positively impact the lives of youth, military, and diverse populations by enabling access to PGA Professionals, PGA Sections and the game of golf. For more information on PGA REACH, visit, follow @PGAREACH on Twitter, and find us on Facebook.

Media Contacts:
Michael Abramowitz  PGA of America 561-624-8458
Jared Minski Mastro Communications   732-469-5700