The Foundation provides educational materials, resources, and training for community organizations to teach life lessons and golf fundamentals to inner-city boys and girls. Over the past 15 years, it has developed a curriculum that provides all of the equipment needed to create an impactful program in the community.
In 2013, the Foundation will continue to enhance current services while also offering ways to boost program curriculum with little to no impact on organization budgets though external partnerships. There are several options available at no charge for sites that run Hook A Kid On Golf programs this year!
The most important fundamental is grip and all clinics begin using the “SNAGazoo”. The training tool developed by Wally Armstrong has a five-sided grip and is great for our SNAG Programs. The Foundation has collaborated with tour professional Chip Beck to ensure all participants properly hold the club when transitioning to traditional equipment. Grip Guides’ exclusive thermachromatic technology combines pressure sensitivity with heat sensitivity. The guide changes color for instant, positive feedback. With Grip Guides, golfers of all abilities can feel, see, check and perfect their grip on the spot.
Chip Beck hosted a special workshop on Grip Guides at The Salvation Army Kroc Center in Chicago on March 8, 2013. Attendees learned about the history of grip, reviewed various styles of holding the club and how they impact body rotation, and how the Grip Guide can help achieve results on the course. Afterwards, Chip Beck provided lessons using the indoor driving range designed by the Foundation.
The Foundation will be able to continue offering educational materials thanks to the Chip Beck #59 Champions Tour Pro-Am. This premier fundraising event is modeled after the Bob Murphy Pro-Am (1998-2008) and will be hosted at Rich Harvest Farms after the 2013 Encompass Championship at North Shore Country Club.
Technology is another area that offers youngsters the opportunity to continue learning after a clinic has ended. Golf Coach Direct is an online community where teachers and students are brought together in a live video conferencing learning environment in real time where instructors can connect with students one on one in a private lesson setting.
As beginner golfers continue to immerse themselves in the sport through training aids and practice sessions, we have created a playing option to apply their knowledge on the course. The Illinois Junior Golf Association (IJGA) is dedicated to providing playing opportunities for its members ages 6-18, conducting educational clinics and events, and serving as a junior golf informational clearinghouse. The Foundation has developed a special partnership for advanced juniors to test their skills in tournament atmospheres through free memberships and reduced entry fees.
While all of the opportunities outlined are designed to advance a participant’s game, the Foundation continues to offer mentoring events as an excellent way to develop life skills with a business professional. These annual events hosted at Rich Harvest Farms show how golf can be a vehicle to further both an education and career.
The Foundation would like to extend special thanks to Chip Beck and our wonderful partners at Golf Coach Direct and the IJGA for supporting our mission to change kids’ lives!