Grant Helps Kids, And Soldiers In
July 19, 2004
On behalf of the Estes Park Junior Golf Program, I would like
to thank the USGA Grants committee for the $2,500 grant that you
awarded our program. We have purchased and distributed more than
$1,200 worth of equipment for our program so far. In the month of
June, 125 different kids have been through our program. This is
the first year that every child has been given a set of clubs. We
are expecting more than 180 kids in our program this summer.
Indirectly, your grant has also helped some kids in
Afghanistan. This small town in Afghanistan has dozens of
children living there who have been helping our troops plant
grass to clean up some of the poppy fields. The idea of a driving
range being built to give the troops some recreation was given to
our course to work on. Our men's golf association, our
recreation district, and the Estes Park Junior Golf Program
decided to help out. We sent several thousand range balls and
dozens of golf clubs. Our junior golf program helped out by
sending some of our older junior equipment since we had new, more
modern equipment coming. Some of the troops have been teaching
the kids to swing and they also pay them to take care of the
range and collect the balls.
The Afghanistan project was fun, and we look forward to
helping more of our local kids with this grant.
Thank you again!
Estes Park Junior Golf Director, Colorado