USGA, PGA form alliance with Boys & Girls Clubs
Monday, November 14, 2011
The PGA of America and the U.S. Golf Association have partnered with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America in a move designed to increase junior golf participation and promote healthier lifestyles among America’s youth.
The renowned organization, which comprises nearly 4,000 Boys & Girls Clubs, serves approximately 4 million children and teens by providing them safe havens, mentoring and youth-development programs during non-school hours.
The new golf partnership aims to add another program to the BGCA’s many offerings.
“Our missions are positively aligned, as we work together to help kids achieve academic success, build character and develop healthy lifestyles through golf,” said Allen Wronowski, president of the PGA of America.
PGA professionals, with support from BGCA staff and community volunteers, are expected to offer golf instruction at 50 BGCA sites next year; the goal is to host 50 to 100 children at each location.
The instructors will use the PGA Sports Academy curriculum, which emphasizes golf skills and physical fitness. The program also will offer field trips to local courses and expects to develop low-cost opportunities so youngsters can continue to gain access to such facilities.
Added USGA President Jim Hyler: “We are very pleased to team up with the PGA of America and Boys & Girls Clubs of America on this ambitious new program, continuing our commitment to make a difference in the lives of young people throughout the country.”