Iowa PGA Swings with Kids comes to Iowa City Schools

The Iowa PGA Foundation is attempting to get golf in the curriculum of every school in Iowa over the next 5-8 years.  We are attempting to provide this program free of charge to all the districts that we can, as their budgets are always tight.  IOWA-PGA2_small

We are currently looking for individuals or businesses that may be interested in helping fund the project for the Iowa City Schools.

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The cost to get the program rolling in Iowa City Schools is $3350 for enough product to just get started. We are shooting for a minimum of $5,000 in contributions to cover a couple more sets and some replacement equipment as well.  The Iowa City Schools are already on board and local PGA professionals will be training the gym teachers this December on how to run the program so that some schools can add it to their curriculum as early as January 2015!  Any funds collected will go towards expanding the program to other districts in Johnson county and surrounding areas.  Every penny of your donation will stay in the Iowa City Area!

All donations will be made directly to the Iowa PGA Foundation which is handling the financials for the Golf in Schools program.  This makes any contribution tax deductible to a 501(3)c organization.

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What a fun way to give an opportunity to learn this great game to all kids, not just the ones that can afford to attend a junior camps or play with their parents.

Local PGA professionals and facilities supporting the golf in school program:

Brian Wernimont and Sean McCarty (Brown Deer GC), Tom Hein (Pleasant Valley GC) Jim Dickerson and Jeff Moore (Finkbine GC) and Matt Messenger  (Iowa PGA Board Member)

     TRIgolf The equipment being utilized in our area is called Tri-Golf through the Golf Foundation.  They are a company out of Europe and have this system in place for years with huge success.

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Below is an excerpt from their website with a little history of the Tri-Golf.

In November 2000, the Golf Foundation launched a ‘mini’ version of golf specifically for use by young children in primary and junior schools. This involved developing youngster-friendly equipment that has proved to be popular with children, affordable for schools, and easy for teachers to use. In addition, resources giving ideas for games and activities that can be linked with the PE and educational curriculum were produced, and a 3-hour teacher training workshop was introduced. All of this has led to an explosion in the amount of golf activity taking place in primary and junior schools across the British Isles.The introduction of Tri-Golf has made it possible for the education sector and golfing community to work closely together for the benefit of the schools, the clubs and the young people in a situation where everybody wins.

· Tri-Golf is now reaching approximately 750,000 young children per year across the British Isles.

· Tri-Golf has broken new ground and has demonstrated how golf can be delivered through fun-based activity sessions involving large groups of youngsters.

· Tri-Golf has changed the way golf is perceived by the education and local authority sectors and the youngsters themselves.

· Tri-Golf has made it possible for golf to be taken into almost any environment.

· Tri-Golf has been used to encourage girls to participate in sport.

· Tri-Golf is helping to encourage responsible social behaviour because of golf’s emphasis on honesty, integrity and good sportsmanship.

· Tri-Golf has reached youngsters who would not normally have considered golf as an option.

· Tri-Golf has been used to provide a focal point for over 300 school and community projects.

· Tri-Golf has been used within schools to teach not only P.E., but also maths, citizenship and other subjects.

· Tri-Golf has helped Police Officers to engage with young people and turn them away from crime.

Tri-Golf Manual – The overview of the program.  The program includes not just golf, but also life lessons and is a proven program in other countries and is just now getting introduced in the US.

 Donations can also be mailed to: Make Check payable to Iowa PGA Foundation

Brian Wernimont – Golf IN Schools

Brown Deer Golf Club

1900 Country Club Dr

Coralville, IA  52241paypaldonate

Additional information is available at the Golf Foundation website.  Just a reminder that the information relative to fundraising on their website does not apply to the Iowa Golf in Schools programs.