Continuing its full-court press to grow the game, the PGA of America is partnering with the Golf Course Builders Association of America Foundation to expand the Sticks for Kids program.
The GCBAA’s youth initiative provides golf courses with 10 sets of junior clubs for use at no charge. The program currently has 450 participating sites, with a presence in all 50 states and 17 international military bases. More than 63,000 children are playing the game as Sticks for Kids beneficiaries.
The PGA plans to pair its junior development program – the PGA Sports Academy powered by United Healthcare – with Sticks for Kids, providing youth with quality instruction with minimal or no cost.
“It’s important that the PGA of America support any program that makes clubs more accessible, and this program does exactly that,” said Allen Wronowksi, the association’s president.
Since its founding in 1997, the Sticks for Kids program not only has promoted the game of golf to youth, but has served as an advocate for environmental stewardship and physical activity. The GCBAA is a nonprofit trade association for course builders and suppliers to the course construction industry. The foundation is its charitable arm.