Does PING Donate Golf Clubs to Wounded Veterans? PING Helps Vets

Fact or Fiction? Does PING Donate Golf Clubs to Wounded Veterans?

Recently I received a forwarded email from a friend. It looked just like so many other emails that I receive . . . you know the ones that I’m talking about - the ones that usually can be found on Snopes.com as being an urban legend. It looked like so many other emails that sounded too good to be true, an exaggerated tale.


PING donates golf clubs and lessons to American war veterans as part Wounded Warrior Project.
PING donates golf clubs and lessons to American war veterans as part Wounded Warrior Project. | Source

This particular tale spoke of a man playing a round of golf with a man he later found to be a wounded veteran. It detailed how the young veteran named Ben Woods had received the golf clubs he was using from PING; and Mr. Woods was struggling to learn how to play the game of golf. Mr. Woods further shared that he had received the custom-made golf clubs and golf lessons as part of his rehabilitation program paid for by Phoenix-based PING, a well-known golf equipment company and a manufacturer of golf clubs. The email further stated that Mr. Woods was determined to learn “to play golf well enough to deserve the gift” PING had so generously provided. Sound too good to be true . . . well . . . I had to check it out!




PING Does Donate Custom Clubs and Lessons

When I looked on Snopes.com and TruthOrFiction.com, the basis for this story turned out to be totally true and not an urban legend at all. PING does in fact donate approximately 50 full sets of golf clubs yearly to the Wounded Warrior program. Additionally, all active and retired military personnel receive discounts and rebates from PING.

What makes this story so amazing is the fact that PING does not use their generosity as a marketing ploy at all. In fact, PING does not go out of its way to let anyone know of this generosity.

In addition to providing a custom-fitting set of clubs, in many cases PING has also provided free golf instruction. The Wounded Warrior Disabled Sports Project, created in 2003 has been supported by PING since sometime in 2007.


Wounded Warrior Disabled Sports Project

To honor and empower wounded warriors is the mission of the Wounded Warrior and Disabled Sports project. Their mission is further enhanced by their core values: fun, integrity, loyalty, innovation and service. (FILIS) The Wounded Warrior Program (WWP) helps soldiers who are dealing with spinal cord injuries, visual impairments, traumatic brain injuries (TBI), severe nerve and muscle damage, and amputations “rebuild their lives through sports.”

The WWP was set up to help veterans who were severely injured while fighting in the war in Afghanistan and Iraq. The program is not limited to golf, but encompasses anything from rock-climbing to golf to snow skiing.


We salute all our veterans!
We salute all our veterans! | Source

PING Honors Soldiers

A spokesman for PING indicated that what PING was able to do for these courageous soldiers was really insignificant to what the veterans had done for our country and, therefore, for their company. He indicated that the Armed Services had gone to great trials to protect our liberties, and the very least that we could do would be to give something back to these authentic American heroes. The sentiment could not have been expressed any better than that!

I find it wonderful that a company, any company, is so willing to give back to those who have served. I applaud PING for their generosity toward these soldiers. Ping did indeed give the soldiers free golf club sets, and so much more. They gave back dignity and hope, and a chance for a new life. Bravo!


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Comments: PING Donates Golf Clubs to Wounded Veterans 13 comments

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robie2 5 years ago from Central New Jersey

Thanks for sharing this. I had heard about Wounded Warriers and it is good to know that PING is doing such good work with them. Our returning servicemen, wounded or not, deserve our help and support.


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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas Author

robie2 - you are right, the returning servicemen and women do deserve our help and support. Thanks for stopping by and for reading!


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JT Walters 5 years ago from Florida

I am so glad there is an organization out there for our wounded veterans.

Thank you for sharing this very informative hub.

JT


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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas Author

JT, as am I. Because they share with the veterans like they do, I wanted to get the word out.

Thanks for stopping by and for commenting.


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JT Walters 5 years ago from Florida

No problem HSB,

You know I am a fan!! But can you please approve my comment? It didn't post.

JT


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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas Author

Sorry, I forgot to approve it I guess. But no prob!


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JT Walters 5 years ago from Florida

I do it all the time. No prob between friends!!

Happy Holidays!!

JT


Linda Peterson 4 years ago

I also just received this email from a friend. It was interesting on many levels. First, I am a very patriotic American, who loves her country~faults and all dearly. Secondly, I have several family members and friends who have and who are currently in various branches of the military. And yes, some of them, have been wounded... sadly, even given the ultimate sacrifice. Lastly, my youngest son owns and runs a golf shop. If he does not already know that PING, unadvertised, runs this kind of program... he will now... God Bless for validating this info.


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas Author

Linda - It sounds like you ran across this article at just the right moment. I am pleased that it was there for you. Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing the news!


Bill 4 years ago

My next set of clubs will be from PING. What and awesome way to give bacj to our veterans who make so many sacrifices for our country. I received this over Memorial Day and had to check if it were true. PING has my business from now on.


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas Author

Bill - I agree with you. I think this is an awesome thing that Ping does for the veterans. If I played golf, I would have to give them my business! Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts here!


Shela Word 4 years ago

My Grandson is currently at Walter Reed due to injuries sustained in a suicide bomb in Mamana Afghanistan. He was accepted to receive clubs from Ping and was very excited, as he loves golf. He was given a name to call and has called and left numerous messages and his calls were never returned. He has been for over 2 months and is now ready to be released to a home base unit. It is a sad thing when they are not shown at least enough respect to receive a call. I would suggest the Wounded Warrier project check this out, as I would not want my name connected to a Company that advertises they help the wounded warriers when in fact they really don't. How sad that these young men are being deceived after all they have given up for our freedom.


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas Author

Shela - I hope that you are making an effort to contact the wounded warrior project. I hope that your grandson receives his clubs. We are so blessed to have soldiers willing to fight to make the world a better and safer place to live. Blessings to your whole family. I am sorry you are having these difficulties.

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