Edmund is an older white man wearing an orange sweater with a white button down underneath. He stands in front of a beige background with his medals framed behind him.

Edmund "EQ" Sylvester

The Next Level Foundation

Edmund “E.Q.” Sylvester is a Director of the Western Golf Association (WGA) a member of several other prominent national golfing organizations, and a triple amputee.

"E.Q." took a life-altering diagnosis and turned it into an opportunity for thousands of special needs individuals across the country" by founding the Freedom Golf Association (FGA), a 501(c)3 charitable foundation which later became the United States Adaptive Golf Alliance (USAGA) founded by Sylvester to broaden adaptive golf’s national reach.

Sylvester is now focusing on including the disabled in the fabric of society through employment as Chairman of The Next Level Foundation.

** Awards & Recognitions**

2023 – Partner—Mayor’s Office for Persons with Disabilities (MOPD)

2022 – Certificate of Appreciation—Shriner’s Hospitals for Children

**2021 -- USGA announces: 1st US Adaptive Open **

2020 -- Henry Viscardi Achievement Award

2020 – Partner-- PGA of America

2020 -- SPS Alumni Award

**2019 -- Player Development Award    **

2015 – Dennis Walters Courage Award

2015— Business Development Award

Mr. Sylvester has a BS degree in Economics from the University of Colorado and has taken a series of graduate business courses from NY University Business School. He lives in Burr Ridge, Illinois, with his wife of 61 years, Katharine, and they have three adult children and ten grandchildren.

Community Inclusion, Disability, Employment
Administration Management, Organizational Development/Human Resources, Development