Students tee up efforts to support national Golf in Schools program

Pictured above: CEO of Golf Canada Scott Simmons (centre, left), accepts a donation from PGM program professor Grant Fraser (centre, right) and students in the College’s Business Administration-Professional Golf Management (Co-op) program on Nov. 28.

Students in their third year of Niagara College’s Business Administration-Professional Golf Management (Co-op) class are teeing up support for golf programs in local schools.

On Nov. 28, the class welcomed Scott Simmons, one of the most influential people in the Canadian golf scene, to their classroom and presented a donation of more than $1,000 to Golf Canada in support of the National Golf in Schools program. The funds will be used to sponsor two local schools – Fitch Street Public School in Welland and Fort Erie Secondary School. The selected schools will receive a Golf in Schools kit to use in their physical education programs.

“The Niagara College students involved in fundraising activities around the Golf in Schools program should be congratulated for their outstanding efforts in supporting a grassroots initiative that creates a vital link between the education and golf communities,” said Simmons. “It’s exciting to see these students support the program and demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of the positive values, health benefits, and life skills associated with our sport.”

Professor of the PGM program Grant Fraser said he believes it is important to support the program.

“One of the key topics we discuss in our Event Management class is the importance of contributing to our community and doing what we can to help grow the game of golf in the region,” said Fraser. “Supporting the Golf in Schools program helps us do this.”

National Golf in Canada – presented by Callaway, and developed by Physical and Health Education Canada (PHE Canada) in partnership with Golf Canada and the Canadian Professional Golfers’ Association – introduces the game of golf to thousands of students in the country by integrating golf into school physical education programs. With 4.5 million students enrolled at 10,000 elementary and 4,500 high schools, the Canadian school physical education system is the single most concentrated opportunity to introduce children of all backgrounds to the sport of golf, according to Golf Canada.

This was the second year that his students have supported the Golf in Schools program. Last year, the class sponsored Glen Ridge Public School in St. Catharines.

This year’s funds were raised through the students’ second-annual PGM Invitation Charity Golf Tournament which was held at Beechwood Golf and Country Club in Niagara Falls on Oct. 29. Students sold raffle and 50/50 tickets and also held a silent auction to raise funds. Fundraising efforts will continue in 2013 when third-year students host the second annual industry showcase at the College’s Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus.

“I am very proud of the efforts of my fellow classmates,” said Aaron Buchner, third-year PGM student and chairman of the tournament committee. “Support from NC alumni and businesses across Southern Ontario has also contributed greatly to our success.”


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