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GCSAA to Give Back at the National Mall
National Golf Day celebrates 10th anniversary


Each spring since 2007, GCSAA and We Are Golf, a coalition of the game's leading associations and industry partners, have come together in the nation's capital to promote the benefits of the game, sharing with congressmen that the sport represents $70 billion in economic impact, creates two million jobs and contributes $4 billion annually in charitable giving. There were 120 congressional meetings at the 2016 event alone, and the NGD16 Twitter campaign eclipsed 52 million impressions and reached 17.7 million accounts.

For more than 100 golf industry advocates, the 10th annual National Golf Day in Washington, D.C., on April 26, will be a day of community service that will help beautify about 40 acres on the National Mall adjacent to the White House and national monuments.

The five-hour project is expected to include aerifying, seeding, pruning and general beautification to an area that welcomes 30 million visitors a year and includes national landmarks such as the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument.

"Helping other people goes a long way in our profession," said Chris Harriman, immediate past president of the Mid-Atlantic Association of Golf Course Superintendents. "We are interested in working and showing the public what we can do. We are happy to do it."

The large golf course superintendent contingent, some of whom are members of GCSAA's Grassroots Ambassadors program, is eager to connect with legislators again this year. These superintendents will focus on priority topics of business and labor laws impacting the golf industry. But this time, they will also leave something behind for all to enjoy - a spruced up National Mall.

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February 15, 2019, 2:12 pm PST

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