EDISON, NJ - New Jersey’s Professional Golf Association (NJPGA) and its charitable division, the New Jersey Golf Foundation (NJGF), announced that Edison’s Decorated United States Navy Veteran Jose Renderoskieffer has been chosen as a PGA WORKS Fellow.
PGA WORKS is funded by PGA REACH, a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation of PGA of America. According to their website, its mission is “to positively impact the lives of youth, military, and diverse populations by enabling access to PGA Professionals, PGA Sections, and the game of golf.”
The PGA WORKS Fellowship focuses on increasing the diversity of participants and strives to employ people of all demographics regardless of “gender, age, race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, and veteran status.”
The fellowship, a paid nine- to 12-month position, is available to recent college graduates. Fellows support and carry out philanthropic programs and player development.
Responsibilities include marketing and communications work. Fellows also participate in special PGA HOPE and junior golf programs like PGA Junior League and “Drive, Chip & Putt.”
According to PGA WORKS Program Specialist Rachel Mabee, “PGA WORKS is a deliberate effort to diversify the golf industry’s workforce so it becomes more reflective of the consumers the golf industry collectively aspires to attract.”
She added, “Our mission is to inspire individuals from all backgrounds to pursue the exciting career opportunities the golf business offers.”
Renderoskieffer will be supporting the NJGF’s programs of PGA HOPE (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere), which is the preeminent military program of the NJGF. The program involves helping veterans with disabilities to improve their physical, mental, social and emotional well-being through golf. Renderoskieffer will also help organize and operate NJPGA tournaments and events.
Renderoskieffer was born in Honduras and moved to the United States when he was 10. He graduated from West Windsor Plainsboro High School South, where he played football and lacrosse and was on the wrestling team.
He was inspired to join the Navy after 9/11 and enlisted in 2004 as an aircraft structural mechanic. After attending boot camp in Great Lakes, Illinois, Renderoskieffer was sent to school in Pensacola, Florida.
Next, he was assigned to VAW-124 Bear Aces, a squadron of a E-2C Hawkeyes, in Norfolk, Virginia from 2004-2008 before being deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2005-2006.
Renderoskieffer moved back to New Jersey when his enlistment ended and decided to use the Montgomery G.I. Bill to attend Fairleigh Dickinson University where he played four years of football and earned a Master’s degree in Sports Administration and a Bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a Concentration in Sports Administration.
While attending FDU, he also volunteered for the Special Olympics and worked in the Veteran Services Office.
Although he hasn’t played a lot of golf, he’s a sports enthusiast and is excited to begin his fellowship. “Golf is a proven activity that supports the rehabilitation process for many of my fellow Veterans.”
Renderoskieffer continued, “I’m thrilled that in my new role, I’ll have the opportunity to promote the game and positively impact the lives of Veterans and individuals from all backgrounds across New Jersey.”