GCBAA Partners with NRPA to Take ‘Sticks for Kids’ Nationwide

The Golf Course Builders Association of America (GCBAA) Foundation has partnered with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) to bring its "Sticks for Kids" program to NRPA members nationwide.

This golf-instruction workshop is for youth who are between the ages of seven and 15 and will introduce more youth than ever to the game of golf. Especially designed for youth who may not otherwise have an opportunity to learn and play golf, the "Sticks for Kids" program offers a year-round program that includes instruction in both the classroom as well as on the golf course.

With over 6,000 municipal and county, park and recreation agencies nationwide, the NRPA advocates and promotes recreational opportunities for all people. The NRPA is a nationally recognized leader in providing park and recreational professionals the tools to manage programs for youth and adults. A respected advocate for recreation in the United States, the NRPA provides an effective means to involve thousands of children nationwide in the GCBAA Foundation's "Sticks for Kids" program.

The "Sticks for Kids" program gives kids the opportunity to learn about such golf fundamentals as stance, gripping, pitching, chipping, putting and swinging from local golf course professionals. Participants also learn golf safety, etiquette and discipline.

Youth in the program are also encouraged to learn and play golf beyond the workshop. The GCBAA Foundation will provide each participating municipality 10 sets of golf clubs for participating youth to use throughout the year while they decide whether to buy their own sets. The GCBAA Foundation also provides each municipality with the consulting services of a local GCBAA member for any program questions or support needs that arise.

"With the NRPA's focus on making recreation programs available to all, the GCBAA Foundation has found a natural partner as it takes its 'Sticks for Kids' program nationwide," said Bill Kubly, GCBAA Foundation president. "The NRPA's significant program knowledge and influence will help more kids than ever learn, enjoy and become life-long players of the game of golf."

Municipalities interested in starting a "Sticks for Kids" program may contact the NPRA at 703-858-2162 or programs@nrpa.org.

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