NJGF Quarterly April 2017

President's Message

Dan Pasternak, President, NJGF

On behalf of the Officers and the Board of Trustees of the New Jersey Golf Foundation (NJGF), welcome to the 2017 golf season!

I’ve been involved with the NJGF since inception in 2004, and it’s inspiring to see that our Foundation is truly making a difference in so many lives.

As we will continue to deliver an exciting line-up of player development programs with a focus on our 3 core pillars (youth, military and special needs), I am thrilled to introduce our newest initiative W.O.W., which stands for World of Work. World of Work seeks to find internships and employment opportunities - at golf facilities in New Jersey - for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This program also provides golf industry career opportunities to high school students with intellectual and developmental disabilities, the perfect next step for boys and girls that have participated in our golf programs, or are simply looking to experience employment in golf.

Aligning with partners that share our common goals is important for the NJGF, and promoting healthy and active lifestyles for our youth is a priority. Thus, it’s only fitting that PGA Junior League Golf in New Jersey will be presented by New Jersey’s largest healthcare system, RWJ Barnabas Health for the 2017 season.

As always we appreciate the commitment from our partners & donors, as your continued support allows us to make a more meaningful impact across the state. Please “Save the Dates” for our signature fundraising events, and visit www.njgolffoundation.org for updates on NJGF events throughout the season.

From all of us at the NJGF, enjoy the 2017 Golf Season

Dan Pasternak

NJPGA Professionals Compete against Boomer Esiason’s Long Island Wasp’s in Charitable Hockey Game

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.

Click here to see more photos from the event.

School To Work Transition Program

NJGF & Morris County School District Introduce Golf Industry Employment Program for Individuals with Special Needs

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.

Golf in Schools

Kids Tee it Up in Physical Education Classes Across the State

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 chunt@pgahq.com.

RWJBarnabas Health

PGA Junior League Golf Presented by RWJBarnabas Health Continues to gain popularity across NJ

The 2016 season was a successful campaign for PGA Junior League Golf in New Jersey, as 70 teams representing 46 facilities participated in league play, with Royce Brook Country Club earning a trip to the national Championship and finishing in 4th place. 2017 is shaping up to be even better!

NJGF partner RWJBarnabas Health, the most comprehensive health care delivery system in New Jersey - and an organization committed to promoting the importance of maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle - will serve as the presenting sponsor for PGA Junior League Golf in 2017.

As one of the key youth player development programs for the NJGF, PGA Junior League Golf presented by RWJBarnabas Health will feature more than 90 teams representing public courses, municipal courses, private clubs and First Tee chapters.

PGA Junior League Golf presented by RWJBarnabas Health is a fun, social and inclusive opportunity for boys and girls ages 13 and under to learn and play the game of golf, while keeping active. Kids learn the game with their friends in a recreational environment under professional instruction and direction of PGA and LPGA Professionals.

Similar to other youth sports, all participants wear numbered jerseys and play on teams in a popular scramble format, instead of individual stroke play.

For more information click here.

Save the Date

Upcoming Signature Events

Mixed Sticks Pro Am - (May 19th @ Fiddler’s Elbow)

Event benefits the NJGF and Donovan Family Foundation

9th Annual Peter Famiano Memorial Scholarship Pro Am - (June 29th @ Crestmont)

11th Annual Golf Classic Presented by HSBC - (August 14th @ Baltustrol)

Thanks to our Sponsors

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