|The PGA of America Partnering with Sticks For Kids Program|
|The Sticks for Kids program is centered on the philosophy that every child, regardless of socioeconomic status, should have the opportunity to play golf. The club loan service is being tested at courses with prominent junior programs.|
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – The PGA of America has joined forces with Sticks for Kids, an outreach program funded by the Golf Course Builders Association of America (GCBAA) Foundation, to provide specialized instruction and free use of junior clubs at participating facilities throughout the country.
The Sticks for Kids program is centered on the philosophy that every child, regardless of socioeconomic status, should have the opportunity to play golf. Courses that participate in the program receive 10 sets of youth clubs that are available for use at no charge throughout the year. The PGA of America has recommended courses throughout the country to partner the program with The PGA Sports Academy powered by UnitedHealthcare, which recently won the 2012 Golf Digest Junior Golf Development Award.
The relationship between the two youth endeavors will provide young golfers with free equipment and award-winning instruction to help them to learn the game, all without having to make a large financial investment.
"We are excited to join forces with Sticks for Kids on this important mission to expand the opportunities in the game of golf for youth of all backgrounds," said PGA of America President Allen Wronowski. "The cost of loving our game can be considerable for individuals or families, and the Sticks for Kids program is a great way to share the game with children at little or no cost to them or their parents. It's important that The PGA of America support any program that makes clubs more accessible, and this program does exactly that."
In addition to pairing the Sticks for Kids program with The PGA Sports Academy, The PGA of America is also utilizing its PGA Professionals to implement and monitor the use of the free junior clubs in order to provide valuable feedback to the GCBAA about growing the Sticks for Kids program in future years.
Since its inception in 1997, 560 Sticks for Kids grants have been awarded to golf courses, park and recreation communities, and various youth serving organizations. The program emphasizes the rules of golf, etiquette, discipline, integrity, safety and environmental stewardship in addition to the opportunity for outdoor physical activity. The Program currently has 450 sites impacting the lives of over 63,000 children in all 50 states and 17 international military bases.
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