Northern California PGA Foundation Announces 4-Time Super Bowl Champion and
Former San Francisco 49ers Linebacker, KEENA TURNER, as PGA HOPE Ambassador
Current Vice President, Senior Advisor to the General Manager for the 49ers, Turner Will Work Closely
with the NCPGA Foundation to Promote PGA HOPE (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere)
Programs in Support of Military Veterans
VACAVILLE, CA (July 8, 2019) — The Northern California PGA Foundation today announced that 4-time Super Bowl Champion, and former San Francisco 49ers Linebacker, Keena Turner, has been named PGA HOPE Ambassador. The current 49ers Vice President, Senior Advisor To The General Manager, Turner will work closely with the NCPGA Foundation in promoting PGA HOPE (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere) programs in support of Military Veterans.
PGA HOPE is a national program that introduces golf to military Veterans with disabilities to enhance their physical, mental, social and emotional well-being. As golf has become a therapeutic part of the rehabilitation process for many Veterans living with disabilities, PGA HOPE has helped thousands assimilate back into their communities through the social interaction the game of golf provides. Led by PGA Professionals, PGA HOPE programs are currently being offered at over 90 locations in the U.S. today, positively impacting more than 2,000 Veterans annually.
The Northern California PGA Foundation is home to one of the most prolific PGA HOPE programs with 9 locations positively impacting more than 600 Veterans annually. The program, which is fully funded by the Foundation, features 6-8 week instructional golf clinics, followed by a graduation, and on-course golfing opportunities, and is offered at NO COST for military Veterans. In his role as PGA HOPE Ambassador, Turner will attend clinics and other events, working closely with Veterans to impart his wisdom and experiences as a professional athlete and business executive. He will also participate in activities surrounding the 3rd Annual PGA National Day of HOPE on Veterans Day, Monday, Nov. 11th, 2019.
“The Northern California PGA Foundation is proud to have Keena Turner become our PGA HOPE Ambassador,” said Nancy Maul, Executive Director, Northern California PGA Foundation. “Keena is extremely committed to supporting military Veterans and as a 49ers legend, with decades of experience as both a world-class athlete and business executive, we believe he is the perfect person to serve as our ambassador.”
Turner, who played 11 seasons in the NFL, spent his entire career with the 49ers, where he earned a 1984 Pro Bowl selection, and retired with four Super Bowl championships, including 1982, 1985, 1989 and 1990. For the past 22 years, Turner has served as a member of the team’s front office and, in addition to his current role as Vice President, Senior Advisor To The General Manager, he previously held the role of Vice President of Football Affairs. In all, Turner has been a staple in the 49ers organization for 33 years.
“I am very excited to be named PGA HOPE Ambassador and I look forward to supporting the programs offered by the Northern California PGA Foundation throughout the San Francisco-Bay area,” said Turner. “Our military Veterans are America’s heroes and I am amazed at how the game of golf and PGA HOPE have made such an impact on so many worthy individuals. I look forward to doing my part to help improve the lives of men and women who have valiantly served and protected the United States of America.”
For additional information on the Northern California PGA Foundation, visit: https://www.ncpgafoundation.org.
About the NCPGA Foundation
The Northern California PGA Foundation is a 501c3, non-profit charitable organization, Federal Tax ID #75-3249593. Founded in 2007, it is the philanthropic arm of the Northern California Section PGA. The Mission of the NPCGA Foundation is three-fold: (1) To serve Veterans – their health & their families (2) To provide resources to PGA members serving their communities within Northern California & Northwestern Nevada, and (3) To grow the game of golf. The Northern California Section of the PGA of America is an organization of 1,100 dedicated PGA Professionals & associates at more than 400 golf facilities in Northern California & Northwestern Nevada committed to helping others through the game of golf.