Sticks for Kids Program
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The program from the Golf Course Builders Association of America (GCBAA) is dedicated to introducing and teaching youth the fundamentals of golf through chipping, putting, club stance, grip, etiquette, and basic rules of the game. The program is centered on the philosophy that every child, regardless of socioeconomic status, should have the opportunity to play golf.
Some of the program highlights are:
•Sticks for Kids is an annual program in which park and recreation agencies have the opportunity to apply to receive ten (10) sets of junior golf clubs, access to instruction cards, programming manuals, and ongoing club maintenance.
•Sticks for Kids provides the tools necessary to give kids a hands-on golf learning experience during after-school activities, sports camps, programs,community events, and school physical education programs.
•Sticks for Kids not only teaches golf, it empowers youth to success through the life skills associated with golf; integrity, discipline, sportsmanship, etiquette, and respect for self, others and the environment.
•Best of all, direct access to a golf course is not required so agencies with or without a golf course can take advantage of the Sticks for Kids program.
The main target group for the Sticks for Kids Program are kids between the ages of 5-18, who are interested in learning and respecting the game of golf.
The ongoing partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association has allowed for enhanced growth opportunities totaling over 500 programs in all 50 states and 10 international military bases. This program takes the kids from the classroom to the practice areas and then to the golf course.
Since 1998, the Golf Course Builders Association of America Foundation has taken a special interest in supporting under privileged children with the Sticks for Kids Program, a junior golf outreach program for children who may not have the opportunity to learn and play the game.
The Foundation plans to add 100 new programs per year for the foreseeable future. The Sticks for Kids program has expanded to over 500 park and recreation agencies who have collectively received over 5.000 sets of junior golf clubs, programming, and promotional materials to implement the Sticks for Kids program'. (Golf Business Magazine, September 2010)
Level of Success
|1) Free for the children to participate|
2) Providing clubs, bags and instructors for the
3) The partnership with the National Recreation and
4) Over 508 programs in all 50 states (USA) and
14 military bases
5) Free promotional materials for implementation
of the program
|1) Most of the programs are in the East of America,|
in the North only a few programs are available
The GCBAA provide provide each program with a starter manual to assist in getting their program organized as well as several teaching and marketing aids-A lesson plan, Skill Cards (a set of cards outlining basic golf and environmental stewardship skills), Bag tags (additional environmental lessons), posters, window stickers, press release templates, certificates of completion.
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