Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Innovative Golf Programs

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Innovative Golf Programs

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NRPA WORKING IN PARTNERSHIP with the Golf Course Builders Association of America (GCBAA) and the Professional Golfers Association of America (PGA) have partnered over the past several years to share trends, promote active healthy members of local communities and provide opportunities for underserved and disadvantaged youth to learn about the game of golf. By implementing innovative golf programs direct to parks and recreation, NRPA through its partners, is providing resources and programming to engage youth and families in outdoor recreation. Participants of both the Sticks for Kids program and the NRPA PGA Family Course program expand their knowledge on the basic fundamentals of the game and also garner sustainable life skills including honesty, integrity, sportsmanship and awareness and hands-on knowledge on environmental stewardship.

Through the generous support of the GCBAA, over 400 park and recreation agencies have collectively received over 4,000 sets of junior golf clubs, programming, and promotional materials to implement the Sticks for Kids program. The basis for the program is the philosophy that every child, regardless of socioeconomic status, should have the opportunity to play golf. The Sticks for Kids program has afforded over 20,000 kids a hands on experience to learn the fundamentals of golf. …

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