USGA Awards $1.35 Million In Grants During First Quarter Of 2009

 

 

Support Spread to 86 golf programs throughout the nation

 

Far Hills, N.J. – The United States Golf Association announced that it awarded $1,358,850 at its April grant distribution meeting to support the development of 86 golf programs through its “For the Good of the Game” Grants Initiative. 

Since 1997, the USGA has allocated more than $65 million toward this unique initiative, opening opportunities through the game of golf to underserved youth, girls, and individuals with disabilities. The USGA Grants Initiative empowers programs to make golf more affordable and accessible for its participants by funding essential aspects of the game, including professional instruction, golf course and range access, equipment, transportation and alternative golf facilities.

“The USGA is very pleased to support many young people and individuals with disabilities as they seek to play golf and experience the many values inherent in the game,” said USGA President Jim Vernon. “It is inspiring to see so many non-profit organizations around the country utilizing the game to fulfill their missions.”

A founding partner of The First Tee, the USGA continues to be the largest financial supporter of this organization. Thus far in 2009, the USGA has distributed $505,000 in grant funding among 37 chapters of The First Tee, bringing total USGA support of the national junior golf organization to more than $25.5 million since its inception in 1997. 

Two USGA corporate partners, The Royal Bank of Scotland Group (RBS) and Lexus, contributed to the USGA charitable efforts at the April meeting. RBS made possible a $200,000 USGA grant award to further the development of LPGA-USGA Girls Golf, which comprises nearly 200 sites nationwide. In 2009, Girls Golf celebrates its 20th anniversary of making the game more accessible to young women. Lexus’ contribution of $100,000 enabled the USGA to continue its support of the National Alliance for Youth Sports to help fund various Hook-A-Kid-On-Golf clinics. These clinics serve as a gateway for juniors to participate in the game and develop into avid players.

The USGA believes golf is a game for all, regardless of ability. This ideal, rooted in the purpose of the USGA Grants Initiative, was demonstrated once again at the April meeting. Nearly one-fifth of the grant awards will support the development of programs for individuals with disabilities.  Accessible golf program highlights include: 

Ohio Junior Golf Association (Norwalk, Ohio)

The Ohio Junior Golf Association, which operates The First Tee of Lake Erie, will use the program GAIN (Golf: Accessible and Inclusive Networks) to introduce golf to individuals with disabilities.  With the help of a $12,500 USGA programming grant, the organization intends to provide an enhanced life-skill and golf curriculum to these participants to fully immerse them in the game.  

Bergenfield Public School District (Bergenfield, N.J.) 

Bergenfield Public School District (BPSD) serves autistic children through its Not Far From Par golf program. The program uses golf as a tool to teach social, educational, and life skills to participants. The program will allocate its $11,000 USGA programming grant to expand its reach to 40 kids in 2009. As a result of the success of the program, Dr. Michael Kuchar, superintendent of BPSD, received state-wide recognition by receiving the Innovations in Special Education Award. This recognition has prompted other school districts in New Jersey to adopt the Not Far From Par model to serve autistic children. 

The Therapeutic Center at Fox Chase (Philadelphia, Pa.)

Founded in 1971, The Therapeutic Center at Fox Chase is a residential treatment program for young males with substance abuse disorders and co-occurring mental health issues.  It serves nearly 40 males per year and provides integrated mental health and substance abuse treatment services to encourage boys to stay sober and maintain healthy relationships. As a part of a wellness initiative in physical and mental health, this organization, with the assistance of a $4,450 USGA programming grant, is starting its Growing Opportunities Lasting Futures (GOLF) program for 12 boys in 2009. In addition to a 12-week leadership course, boys will participate in programming to learn golf and life skills.

The Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association (Lake Forest, Ill.)

The Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association (GLASA) was founded to introduce adaptive sports and recreation programs to individuals with physical or visual impairments. In 2000, GLASA implemented the Adaptive Golf Program to provide these individuals the opportunity to learn golf and its inherent values. Through the support of a $2,500 USGA programming grant, the organization projects to reach nearly 90 individuals in 2009. 

USGA Grant Review – April 2009

State

Organization Name (City)

Grant Amount

 

 

 

California

 

 

 

Pin Pals Junior Links (San Diego)

$5,000

 

San Joaquin Junior Golf Foundation (Stockton)

$7,000

 

San Jose Sports Authority

$15,000

 

Siskiyou Family YMCA (Yreka)

$1,500

 

Western States Golf Association
Southern Area Youth Program, Inc. (Los Angeles)

$20,000

Colorado

 

 

 

The Youth Foundation (Edwards)

$20,000

Connecticut

 

 

 

The Connecticut Golf Foundation (Rocky Hill)

$20,000

District of Columbia

 

 

 

Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital

$10,000

Delaware

 

 

 

Urban Youth Golf Program (Rockland)

$15,000

Florida

 

 

 

Chi Chi Rodriguez Youth Foundation (Clearwater)

$20,000

 

Junior Golf Foundation of America, Inc. (West Palm Beach)

$10,000

 

LPGA Foundation, Inc. (Daytona Beach)

$200,000

 

National Alliance for Youth Sports (West Palm Beach)

$100,000

 

World Golf Foundation (Ponte Vedra Beach)

$100,000

Georgia

 

 

 

Albany Junior Golf Development, Inc.

$20,000

 

Walton Foundation for Independence, Inc. (Augusta)

$3,500

 

Women in Golf Foundation, Inc. (Ellenwood)

$15,000

Illinois

 

 

 

Don Moyer Boys & Girls Club (Champaign)

$10,000

 

Dupage A.M.E. Church (Lisle)

$6,000

 

Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association (Lake Forest)

$2,500

 

Joliet Sweet Swingers Golf Club

$10,000

 

Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

$2,500

 

Revelation Golf (Elk Grove Village)

$20,000

 

Sunshine Through Golf Foundation (Lemont)

$10,000

 

The Great River First Tee (Quincy)

$7,500

Indiana

 

 

 

Blackford County Community Foundation (Hartford City)

$7,000

 

Indiana Golf Foundation (Franklin)

$2,400

 

Positive Swing (Southport)

$20,000

Kentucky

 

 

 

TFT, Inc. (Pineville)

$15,000

Louisiana

 

 

 

Recreation and Park Commission of East Baton Rouge

$8,500

 

The First Tee of Greater New Orleans

$20,000

Massachusetts

 

 

 

Massachusetts Golf Association (Norton)

$20,000

Maine

 

 

 

Northern Maine Development Commission (Caribou)

$2,500

Michigan

 

 

 

Advantage Academy (Southgate)

$12,000

 

Capitol Area Golf For Youth, Inc. (Lansing)

$9,000

 

City of Battle Creek

$10,000

 

The Midnight Golf Program (Detroit)

$27,500

Minnesota

 

 

 

Saint Paul Junior Golf Program (Shakopee)

$10,000

 

Sister Kenny Foundation (Minneapolis)

$9,000

 

Three Rivers Park District (Plymouth)

$15,000

Missouri

 

 

 

Junior Golf Foundation of Greater St. Louis

$20,000

North Carolina

 

 

 

Eliada Homes, Inc. (Asheville)

$7,500

 

Saint Augustine's College (Raleigh)

$15,000

 

Special Olympics North America (Raleigh)

$35,000

 

The First Tee of the Sandhills (Southern Pines)

$10,000

 

The Triangle Golf Foundation (Raleigh)

$20,000

 

Walter T. Morgan Service Foundation, Inc. (Cornelius)

$6,000

New Hampshire

 

 

 

National Amputee Golf Association (Amherst)

$10,500

New Jersey

 

 

 

Bergenfield Public School District

$11,000

 

Boys & Girls Club of Camden County

$17,500

 

Jersey Shore Junior Golf, Inc. (Ocean)

$8,000

 

Township of Pemberton

$7,000

New Mexico

 

 

 

Sun Country Junior Golf Foundation, Inc. (Santa Fe)

$8,000

New York

 

 

 

City Parks Foundation (Corona)

$10,000

 

Greene County Golf Course Association, Inc. (Westerlo)

$12,000

 

Mount Vernon Boys & Girls Club

$6,000

 

Parks Junior Golf Foundation, Inc. (Rochester)

$7,000

 

Research Foundation of the State University of N.Y. (Stony Brook)

$20,000

 

Tony Jordan Youth Sports Foundation (Rochester)

$7,000

Ohio

 

 

 

Ebony Ladies Youth Golf (Youngstown)

$10,000

 

Ohio Junior Golf Association (Norwalk)

$12,500

 

The First Tee of Cleveland (Newburgh Heights)

$10,000

 

ViaQuest Foundation (Dublin)

$20,000

 

YMCA of Greater Dayton

$3,500

Oregon

 

 

 

Eugene Family YMCA

$15,000

 

Leisure Hour Junior Golf Club (Portland)

$10,000

Pennsylvania

 

 

 

CR Junior Chips, Inc. (Pittsburgh)

$10,000

 

Heart of Variety Fund (Philadelphia)

$10,000

 

The Therapeutic Center at Fox Chase (Philadelphia)

$4,450

South Carolina

 

 

 

Fairway Outreach (Columbia)

$7,500

South Dakota

 

 

 

Rapid City Club for Boys, Inc.

$3,000

 

The First Tee of South Dakota (Sioux Falls)

$20,000

Tennessee

 

 

 

Mid-South Junior Golf Association (Memphis)

$17,500

 

The First Tee of Chattanooga

$15,000

 

W.C. Two (Knoxville)

$20,000

Texas

 

 

 

Fort Worth Junior Golf Foundation

$10,000

 

Piney Woods Golf Youth and Development Foundation (Longview)

$14,000

 

San Antonio Golf Association

$5,000

Utah

 

 

 

West Valley City

$3,000

Virginia

 

 

 

YMCA of South Hampton Roads (Virginia Beach)

$15,000

Washington

 

 

 

Douglass Youth Golf Club (Kent)

$15,000

 

Youth Golf of Columbia Basin, Inc. (Kennewick)

$15,000

Wisconsin

 

 

 

Madison Metro Youth Golf Initiative, Inc.

$2,500

 

West Virginia

 

 

 

Monongalia County Society (Morgantown)

$5,000

 

Ohio Valley Golf Association (Elm Grove)

$10,000

USGA Grants Initiative: A Capsule History

The USGA works to make the game of golf affordable and accessible. Since 1997, the USGA Grants Initiative has provided more than $65 million to more than 1,000 programs that serve economically disadvantaged juniors and individuals with disabilities. More than 2.2 million participants have benefited from these programs. Beyond its Grants Initiative, the USGA operates several direct charitable activities and partners with national organizations to promote accessible facility development, affordable course access, opportunities for girls in golf, and initiatives for individuals with disabilities.

For more information on the USGA Grants Initiative, contact the USGA Grants and Fellowship Department at (719) 471-4810 or visit the Grants section of the USGA Web site, www.usga.org.

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The Association's most visible role is played out each season in conducting 13 national championships, including the U.S. Open, U.S. Women's Open and U.S. Senior Open. Ten additional USGA national championships are exclusively for amateurs, and include the U.S. Amateur and the U.S. Women's Amateur.

The USGA also writes the Rules of Golf, conducts equipment testing, provides expert course maintenance consultations, funds research for better turf and a better environment, maintains a Handicap System and administers an ongoing "For the Good of the Game" grants program, which has allocated more than $65 million over 13 years to successful programs that bring the game's values to youths from disadvantaged backgrounds and people with disabilities.       

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