As part of its ongoing support for new opportunities for Chicago Public Schools students, the CME Group, in partnership with the Kids Golf Foundation, hosted 30 fourth and fifth graders from CPS’ Washington-Irving School for a special golf clinic with LPGA Tour Pro Brittany Lincicome on Tuesday, September 24. Following an hour-long clinic covering the three basic swings of golf (full swing, putting and chipping) by Lincicome, Foundation staff, and the NIU Women’s Golf Team, the students attended a luncheon with CME Group employees and a guest nutrition speaker. Teachers selected the 30 students from the Tri-Taylor neighborhood CPS school for their positive attendance record, good citizenship and scholarship.
Lincicome, nicknamed “Bam-Bam” for her prodigious swing off the tee, is sponsored by CME Group. Pro since 2005, Lincicome is ranked third in driving distance and 31st overall on the LPGA money list. “I always take the chance to work with young people,” said Lincicome. “I started playing golf when I was nine and love to share the sport with the next generation.”
“Brittany is a great ambassador for the CME Group brand, and we’re very pleased to provide an opportunity for Washington-Irving School students to benefit from her expertise,” said CME Group Executive Chairman and President Terry Duffy. “This is the ninth year of our partnership with this school, and it has been a highlight of our long track record of supporting education in our community.”
“Our students worked hard to attend this golf clinic, and they are thrilled to be downtown with this kind of educational opportunity,” said Jacqueline Davis, assistant principal of Washington-Irving Elementary School. “Our teachers and administrators are very committed to enriching our students’ classroom work, and we really appreciate the support from CME Group and the Foundation to offer our students unique opportunities like this.”
The Kids Golf Foundation, a nonprofit junior golf organization based in Sugar Grove, Illinois at Rich Harvest Farms, facilitated the clinic, as well as provided the equipment. The Foundation is dedicated to bringing golf into the lives of children and providing them with opportunities for personal growth and career enhancement. What makes the Kids Golf Foundation unique is the focus on life skills. It is the Foundation’s goal that each child walks away with not only the fundamentals of the sport, but other values that will last a lifetime both on and off the course. Bringing golf into schools is one way the Foundation has helped over 200,000 kids since its inception in 1998.
“Introducing golf into a school that wouldn’t otherwise have the opportunity and growing the game of golf through our youth is what we are all about,” said Jerry Rich, Founder of the Kids Golf Foundation. “We were excited to be involved in the clinic with CME Group and Brittany Lincicome and were pleased to donate a complete SNAG (Starting New At Golf) Institutional Kit to Washington-Irving School.”
The Kids Golf Foundation continues to forward its mission of bringing golf into the lives of children through implementing SNAG programs into youth organizations, schools, YMCAs, churches, Girl and Boy Scout Troops, park and recreation departments, and many more. For those interested, the Foundation provides training sessions and customized program consultation to fit each individual organizations needs. To learn more, please contact the Foundation at (630) 466-0913.