The future of the game of golf in the United States depends on those young boys and girls interested in learning and respecting the game of golf. The responsibility to secure the future of golf lies with those of us benefiting from golf today. The Golf Course Builders Association of America established the Golf Course Builders Association of America Foundation to provide the tools and opportunities necessary to allow as many junior golfers as possible to enjoy the game.
Since its establishment, the GCBAA Foundation has taken special interest in supporting underprivileged children by launching Sticks for Kids, a junior golf outreach program for youth aged 5-18. The program provides each Sticks for Kids location with clubs, bags, teaching and marketing materials, and instructors for participating courses. Children are taught not only the fundamentals of the game, but also life lessons such as etiquette, integrity, sportsmanship, safety, and respect for themselves and others. The safe, friendly environment and PGA Certified instructors optimize each child's personal experience.
When a need to expand environmental awareness lessons during and after programming was identified, Audubon International and Project Evergreen were instrumental in developing and implementing skill card and bag tag based environmental awareness lessons to benefit programming and the environment.
GCBAA Foundation's ongoing partnership with the NRPA has allowed for enhanced growth opportunities totaling over 500 programs in all 50 states and 18 international military bases. SFK is training tens of thousands of children each year with the Foundation providing golf clubs and guidance and the NRPA providing marketing support. The Foundation plans to continue program growth for the foreseeable future.
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