During the sixth annual National Golf Day on Tuesday, April 16, CMAA, in cooperation with its partners in the WE ARE GOLF coalition, met with Members of Congress to share the industry’s economic, environmental, health and charitable benefits. CMAA was represented by Vice President Damon DiOrio, CCM, CCE, and Secretary-Treasurer Tony D’Errico, CCM, CCE, and Chief Executive Officer, Jim Singerling, CCM.
CMAA was involved in meetings with Congressman Joe Crowley (D-NY) and Congressman Leonard Lance (R-NJ) as well as the offices of Congresswomen Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and Nita Lowey (D-NY) and Congressman Frank Pallone (D-NJ). In the Senate, CMAA representatives met with the offices of Senator John Thune (R-SD) and Rob Portman (R-OH). The focus of the meetings was to thank the co-sponsors for HR6683, disaster relief legislation which was introduced in the last session of Congress. This bill has yet to be reintroduced in this session of Congress but momentum is already building following a letter from Congressman Joe Crowley to Speaker of the House John Boehner urging movement to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy.
Disaster relief was the uniting issue that led the golf industry to create WE ARE GOLF. On December 21, 2005, President Bush signed the Gulf Opportunity Zone Act, which was designed to help businesses re-establish in the areas affected by Hurricane Katrina. Taxpayers were permitted bonus depreciation, allowed to expense demolition costs and given additional time to carryback net operating losses for expenses related to the disaster. However, golf was excluded from taking advantage of these rebuilding benefits.
The day was comprised of more than 100 individuals participating in Washington, DC, in approximately 115 Congressional visits and meetings. Thousands of other individuals supported the event through social media, specifically the #iamgolf campaign on Twitter.
Participants and supporters shared great messages about this industry and our contributions including:
- At nearly $69 billion, golf’s economic impact exceeds that of spectator sports, the performing arts, and the amusement and recreation industries.
- Golf is key to the economic vitality of many states and localities, providing nearly two million jobs and $55.6 billion in annual wage income.
- The game’s charitable impact is approximately $3.9 billion per year. As a fundraising vehicle, the game includes an estimated 12,000 golf facilities, 143,000 events, 12 million participants and raises $26,300 average per function. Golf’s annual philanthropic contributions are more than the NBA, NFL, NHL and MLB combined.
Learn more about the 2013 National Golf Day.