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Foundation Honored by State Legislature

The often fractious California state legislature agreed—the efforts of the Northern California Golf Association Foundation are exemplary. The

NCGA Foundation was honored on the Sen- ate floor in

April by a concurrent reso- lution from the legislature of the State of California for its work encouraging and developing core values in kids through golf. The Foundation invested more than $1,000,000 in deserv- ing youth in 2009. The legislation, California SCR 101, was introduced by State Senator Ron Calde- ron. (SCR 102, a resolu- tion acknowledging “golf week” throughout the state during the playing of the U.S. Open June 17-20, was introduced in May). The resolution cited

the Foundation’s work in “supporting a continuum that extends a whole- some success-oriented life through scholarships, internships and career op- portunities,” and acknowl- edged Foundation efforts that “funded scholarships, grants for youth programs, subsidized 90,000 experi- ences on driving ranges,

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and 60,000 rounds of golf for the young people of Northern California.” As noted in the resolu-

tion, the charitable arm of the NCGA hosted nearly 20 clinics last year, increasing its focus on deserving youth in un- derserved communities through instruction, schol- arships and job opportuni- ties. More than 80 clinics impacting underserved communities are scheduled for 2010.

from Friendship Baptist Church in Seaside, ben- eficiaries of eight Founda- tion clinics in 2009, were honored at a ceremony at the state capitol in Sac- ramento. The kids met with Senator Calderon in his office and later with acting Lt. Governor Mona Pasquil—it was Pasquil’s final day as acting Lt. Gov- ernor. CJ Garrett, one of the five kids representing Friendship Baptist Church, spoke on the Senate floor


My name is CJ Garrett. I am here today to discuss how Youth on Course has changed my life! Youth on Course has taught me to be a calm and patient person. The program has taught me to stay focused on the golf course and off the golf course. It has also taught me to always try my best and never give up. Thank you for supporting Youth on Course!

“The Foundation is

honored to be recognized by the California legisla- ture,” said NCGA Foun- dation Executive Director Adam Heieck. “We will continue to create and im- plement programs that im- pact youth in underserved communities throughout Northern California.” Heieck, NCGA CEO Lyn Nelson and five kids

at the capitol regarding the significance of the Foun- dation’s Youth on Course program and access it provides to golf. Friendship Baptist

Church’s youth attended clinics throughout 2009. The original series of lessons was guided by Peb- ble Beach Golf Academy Director Laird Small and his staff at Spyglass Hill,

leading to the kids playing a round at Pebble Beach’s Peter Hay Golf Course. Later, the group attended clinics at Poppy Hills with the San Jose State Uni- versity golf team and head coach John Kennaday. The clinics were part of

a Foundation initiative to leave clinic participants with messages and ideas that should improve their everyday lives at school and home. Developing golf skills while honing important character traits inherent in the game were the focus of the clinics hosted in 2009, including one led by NBC Sports personality and Founda- tion Honorary Board Member Roger Maltbie, as well as the golf teams from Stanford and Santa Clara Universities. Youth development is

the Foundation’s focus, with golf serving as the vehicle to teach life skills and core values. The Youth on Course program, which part- ners with more than 115 facilities across the region, allows certified kids to play golf for as low as $2. The program has since been replicated by other golf organizations throughout the country. The Foundation is now

providing a full continuum for deserving youth that includes the aforemen- tioned clinic series, life skills and health education, mentoring and scholar- ships. The ultimate goal is to help kids from underserved communities and get them on the path to college.

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