On Friday, February 24th, a group of PGA Professionals from the NJPGA section removed their soft spikes and laced up their hockey skates for charity. Representing the New Jersey Golf Foundation, 14 PGA Pros competed against Boomer Esiason and Esiason’s Long Island Wasp’s, in a charitable Hockey game that took place at Floyd Hall Arena at Montclair State University.
The guest head coach for the NJGF team was former NJ Devils player, Randy Velischek, while NJ Devils all-time great Patrik Elias dropped the ceremonial puck… featuring Bob Downey, Head PGA Professional at Crestmont Country Club and Boomer Esiason.
The game raised nearly $10,000 to support NJGF’s programming for youth, military & special needs, and the Boomer Esiason Foundation - a group of passionate, dedicated individuals who work every day to raise money, awareness, and support for the cystic fibrosis community.
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In collaboration with the Morris School District Transition Program, the NJGF is introducing a new program this year designed to provide golf industry career opportunities to high school students with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
The school to work transition career program provides high school students with special needs (over the age of 16) with a breadth of employment opportunities at local golf facilities, encompassing golf course maintenance, outside operations, special events and F&B services, among others.
The students participating in this program are supported by a job coach from the school district who is responsible for assisting the student/employee to ensure he/she is performing assigned tasks.
“Making the game of golf welcoming and accessible for individuals with intellectual disabilities has been a priority of the NJGF since inception,” said Chris Hunt, Executive Director, NJGF. “This program allows us to make a more meaningful impact on the next generation, as we introduce them to a number of viable career opportunities in the golf business.”
For more information on this program please contact the New Jersey Golf Foundation at 732 465-1212.
The NJGF’s “Golf In Schools” program is recognized as one of the most accomplished youth player development programs in the country, with more than 110,000 boys and girls (K-8) teeing it up in gym class each year.
This initiative introduces golf to children by incorporating the game into the physical education curriculum in elementary and middle schools under the guidance of PGA Professionals. Fully funded by the NJGF, the program provides schools with the necessary equipment that allows golf to be learned and played in non-traditional venues, such as school gymnasiums and limited-space outdoor areas.
PGA Professionals play an active role in the program as they are responsible for training the Physical Education teachers, to ensure they are comfortable using the equipment and presenting the curriculum to their students. In 2017, NJPGA professionals have already made special visits to the programs in Elizabeth, Edison, Clifton, Willingboro and Bordentown, getting the next generation of potential golfers, more engaged in a sport for a lifetime.
For opportunities on sponsoring a new school or bringing this program to your local school district, please contact Chris Hunt at 732-465-1212 or firstname.lastname@example.org.