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DIRECTV Partners with PGA HOPE to Enhance Mental Health Support for Military Veterans

Golfer tees off next to PGA HOPE advertising board

DIRECTV and PGA HOPE (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere) are teaming up to bolster mental health awareness and support for active-duty military and Veterans.

Through year-round backing, DIRECTV aims to foster connectivity, community, and mental well-being by leveraging sports and entertainment.

PGA HOPE golfers cheer on helicopters

PGA HOPE, backed by DIRECTV, offers complimentary 6-to-8-week golf training sessions at over 500 locations nationwide, including military bases, benefitting over 17,000 participants in 2024.

With DIRECTV’s support, PGA HOPE aims to double its outreach in the coming years. Sessions, led by PGA of America Golf Professionals, not only enhance physical skills but also address mental, social, and emotional facets, with a focus on adaptive golf and military cultural competence.

DIRECTV’s involvement extends to sponsoring events at the 9th annual PGA HOPE Secretary’s Cup, coinciding with the PGA Championship.

From May 11-13, DIRECTV will support activities including a Welcome Reception at Churchill Downs and a Taste of Louisville Tailgate at the University of Louisville Golf Club.

The weekend culminates in a 9-hole scramble tournament uniting Veterans and golf professionals.

“PGA HOPE stands out among organizations focused on mental health for the military community given their long-standing nationwide commitment to creating a foundation for belonging by serving those who’ve served,” said Mike Wittrock, chief operating officer at DIRECTV. “DIRECTV is humbled and excited to make a lasting and positive impact.”

“We are honoured to work with DIRECTV to further PGA HOPE’s efforts in making the game of golf available as a form of therapy, with a shared focus on mental health for active duty military and Veterans nationwide,” said Chris Nowak, U.S. Marine Corps retiree and PGA of America Military and Veteran Liaison.

“The beauty of PGA HOPE is Veterans can truly come as they are. With DIRECTV’s support, we can impact even more lives through this great game.”

This engagement extends DIRECTV’s year-round commitment to supporting Veteran’s mental health.

Additional support from DIRECTV for military mental health includes a dedicated S.A.V.E. initiative (Suicide Awareness Veterans Engaged) and Military Basketball Association playoffs and MBA Championship Game in 2023 and 2024.