Making a Difference
Tee it up for the Troops, Inc. is guided by its charter to garner broad public & corporate support for the needs of veterans and their families through structured patriotically oriented events at both private & public golf courses, stand-alone fundraising events, sponsorships and direct donations. Tee it up for the Troops, Inc. devotes a portion of the contributions it receives to providing equipment, programs and services to wounded warriors, as well as in-theater active duty members of our nation’s armed services. All remaining contributions received are distributed among a wide array of well-regarded non-profit charitable organizations which carry on highly effective programs and activities devoted to the well-being, recovery and support of our wounded warriors and veterans of the United States Armed Forces and their families.
Since its founding, over 300 fundraising golf tournaments have been conducted at more than 50 golf clubs in 30 states under the Tee it up for the Troops banner, donating nearly $4,000,000 to a multitude of charitable organizations providing a broad array of support services to wounded warriors, veterans and their families.
Below is a listing of organizations that have received donations from Tee it up for the Troops beginning with our 2012 Top 5 donation recipients.
Disabled Sports USA is a national nonprofit established in 1967 by disabled Vietnam veterans to serve the war injured. DS/USA now offers nationwide sports rehabilitation programs to anyone with a permanent disability. Activities include winter skiing, water sports, summer and winter competitions, fitness and special sports events. Participants include those with visual impairments, amputations, spinal cord injury, dwarfism, multiple sclerosis, head injury, cerebral palsy, and other neuromuscular and orthopedic conditions.
Fisher House Foundation donates “comfort homes,” built on the grounds of major military and VA medical centers. These homes enable family members to be close to a loved one at the most stressful times – during the hospitalization for an unexpected illness, disease, or injury. There is at least one Fisher House at every major military medical center to assist families in need and to ensure that they are provided with the comforts of home in a supportive environment. No family pays to stay at any Fisher House.
Through 11 distinct programs, Hope For The Warriors® provides a full cycle of care to restore self, family, and hope to combat wounded service members, their families, and families of the fallen. Our goal is to assist in all facets including family care, financial needs, morale trips, and professional development. The personal care and opportunities that we provide lead to long-lasting personal restoration.
From 2000 to 2005 the Fund provided close to $20 million to families of United States and British military personnel lost in performance of their duty, mostly in service in Iraq and Afghanistan. In January 2007 the Fund completed construction of the Center for the Intrepid, a world-class state-of-the-art physical rehabilitation center at. The Center serves military personnel who have been catastrophically disabled in operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, and veterans severely injured in other operations and in the normal performance of their duties. The Fund then turned toward another critical issue faced by our wounded troops: the treatment of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). The Fund addressed this need by constructing the National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE). NICoE provides the most advanced services for advanced diagnostics, initial treatment plan and family education, introduction to therapeutic modalities, referral and reintegration support for military personnel and veterans with TBI and post traumatic stress. To further enhance TBI research, diagnosis and treatment, IFHF will design and build several additional centers that will serve as satellites to NICoE. These NICoE Satellite Centers will extend the care currently provided at NICoE out to the home bases of many of the troops suffering the effects of TBI. Secondarily, IFHF will also provide financial support for research efforts at these facilities and at NICoE.
Freedom Station will be the leader in providing temporary lodging facilities, as well as educational and career guidance to our Nation’s injured and disabled military heroes who are medically retired or discharged. We will aid them as they begin the transition from defenders of freedom to productive members of America’s civilian work force. Freedom Station will also enable personal interaction between our military Warriors and uniquely qualified volunteers and professionals who can assist them with many of the challenges they will face during the transition to civilian life.
About - Participants learn to use their abilities to improve themselves both on the golf course and in their everyday lives. Taught by the United States Disabled Golf Academy, Our Certified Disabled Golf Instructors teach golf as a rehabilitative tool along with important life skills inherently attached with the game.
Throughout the year, Operation Amped puts on surf events that range in duration from one day to a week. At these events, vets who’ve been wounded have the chance to get free of the constraints that illness or injury has imposed on them. Many have never set foot on a surfboard. Many have never set foot in the ocean. Some can’t even swim. But with the support of this grassroots effort, everyone has fun.
STT is made up entirely of volunteers and 100% of all donations are used to pay for services, events and trips provided to our wounded veterans.