September 17, 2012

Dreams and Careers Align At Rich Harvest Farms

The 9th Annual Thinking Outside The Tee Box golf outing was hosted on Saturday, September 15, 2012 at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove. A Chicagoland female business professional was paired with a female junior golfer between age 11-17 in a scramble and mentoring activity.

Before beginning the 9-hole scramble, groups visited various activity stations where they had a chance to meet their group members, stretch, and practice putting, chipping, and full swing. Student-athletes from the University of St. Francis (USF) and Northern Illinois University (NIU) Women’s Golf Teams led the warm-up stations and incorporated a different life skill into both business and golf, such as communication, preparation, and vision.

The collegiate student-athletes also participated in the scramble; which was an added bonus of extra mentorship and playing ability. “This event gives juniors an idea for a possible career opportunity and allows the Student-Athletes to share their knowledge of the game,” said Kim Kester, NIU Women’s Golf Coach.

Participants were given a booklet that included questions to be answered at each hole. The questions directly correlated to the morning life skill stations, and also provided an opportunity for the participants and business professionals to keep their conversations flowing throughout the course. “I enjoyed the fact that the kids took the event seriously by asking questions and really engaging with their Business Professionals; the booklets provided a great gateway to keep us talking throughout the day,” said Emily Hominick, Business Professional

After the scramble, participants, family and friends, business professionals, and Site Coordinators were treated to a luncheon. They continued to network and unwind while hearing two guest speakers share how golf has impacted their family, education, and career. Participants and business professionals were also presented with a framed group photo to commemorate their involvement in the event and to remember their time spent at Rich Harvest Farms.

Overall, the event was a success thanks to volunteers, participants, and other supporters! Accompanying support from volunteers was a generous contribution from the Efroymson Family. The family has been contributing annually since 2004 to support Thinking Outside The Tee Box, as well as the male event Other Side Of The Green through the Efroymson Family Fund, a Central Indiana Community Foundation Fund.

The 2013 events will be hosted on Saturday, May 18 (males) and Saturday, September 14 (females). The Foundation is always looking for individuals to participate as mentors and to positively impact the life of a child. If you or someone you know is interested in getting involved, please visit the Kids Golf Foundation website at www.kidsgolffoundation.org for more information.

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