Through GAIN™ (Golf: Accessible and Inclusive Networks) and other programs, the Alliance promotes inclusion and awareness to the golf industry, golf instructors, and the public. GAIN™ couples community programs and other resources to provide opportunities for people with disabilities to become involved in the game of golf - not just through lessons on how to hit the ball, but by involving them in the social aspects of the game as well.
The following outlines the current opportunities the Alliance believes can provide a general framework for partnerships with local communities or organizations and agencies within local communities:
The GAIN™ Partners Program uses the existing program structure and resources of the local agency or organization and adds the inclusive golf component. The Alliance will work to provide valuable information on accessibility, disability awareness, equipment and program modifications and adaptations and alternative instructional techniques for those with unique physical attributes.
The Camp GAIN™ concept is one that is very familiar to community recreation and park agencies such as municipal park and recreation departments, YMCAs, YWCAs, and Girl's and Boy's Clubs. This program provides a mechanism to introduce the community and people with disabilities into the game of golf, in an intensive but short-term program during summer months and school break times.
The GAIN™ Community Program is designed as a year round comprehensive community-based approach to offering an inclusive golf program that is reoccurring and locally sustainable. The program becomes an ongoing offering within a Community and brings together multiple resources and agencies/organizations including public and private recreation agencies, golf entities, and the rehabilitation community, organizations providing services to individuals with disabilities, transportation providers, private businesses and others.
The National Alliance for Accessible Golf staff provides ongoing technical support and oversight to ensure the goals of the program are realized to their fullest potential.
The GAIN™ Program is fully described in a power point presentation titled: Accessible Golf: Best Practices for Growing the Game.