SAN BERNARDINO, HEMET, & BEAUMONT, CA – 22 grateful recipients from Arroyo Valley, West Valley, and Valley View High Schools received their very own set of golf clubs from the Southern California PGA Foundation’s “ClubsForeYouth” program. Through a partnership with with Wilson Golf and support from the LA84 Foundation and the Friend of Golf, the ClubsForeYouth program has now officially contributed over 95 sets since mid-July.
The first stop of the morning was Arroyo Valley High School, located in San Bernardino County. Eight elated student athletes were provided the gift of golf in a donation ceremony outside of the school’s gymnasium. In attendance was Arroyo Valley Principal, Kenneth Martinez, saying, “This is outstanding, I am so grateful that we have an organization like the SCPGA Foundation that is willing to donate to the kids. It’s amazing that the LA84 Foundation was able to invest in our kids like this, because our kids are our future, and the ClubsForeYouth program is a great thing for the community.” Arroyo Valley High students were also feeling amazed by the support of the SCPGA Foundation and this is shown in their cheerful responces listed below.
Joely Ybarra – “It makes me very happy, this is a big deal to me because it’s my first time owning my own set, and I wouldn’t be able to afford clubs without this amazing opportunity.”
Isabel Wilshire – “I’m so happy that our team has our own sets, and we can all go out any play golf whenever we want. I am beyond excited to get out on the course and use the clubs!”
Michelle Suarez – “I am extremely happy that I can go out and teach my family about how much fun golf can be. I feel like a million stars inside right now, it’s an amazing program, and I am so thankful to the SCPGA.”
At the conclusion of the donation ceremony, Arroyo Valley Head Golf Coach, Richard Wilshire, commented, “I’m so thrilled to see the clubs being donated to our program, we are in an area where you don’t see golf often, and the fact that the SCPGA Foundation can provide the equipment for them is amazing. I want to thank the LA84 Foundation for their backing of this initiative, it will make these girls life long golfers, and we truly appreciate it.”
Next up on the on the donation schedule was, West Valley High School, located in Hemet, where four players were set to receive their Wilson Golf clubs. The SCPGA spoke with head coach, Trent Long, who was very thrilled with the support, saying, “This is a great opportunity for these girls. We are a low social economic program, and this is an inspiring initiative from the SCPGA Foundation. For these girls to have a chance at owning their own clubs, I’m speechless, all I can say is to keep up the support, and thank you so much to the LA84 Foundation for backing this amazing program.”
West Valley High student quotes:
Kenzie Mennell – “After playing with clubs that don’t fit me, I’m so excited to see my golf game evolve. I’ve never had my own set, and this is pretty cool.”
Madison Hampton – “As captain of the team here at West Valley, I’m honestly just very excited. I can’t wait to see what I can do with them!”
Taylor Bailey – “I am ready to start the season with these new clubs. I’m looking forward to see how I can work with these clubs and figure out how I can use different clubs to benefit me more.”
Krystina Lorch – “These clubs are amazing, it’s honestly really cool that the SCPGA Foundation is doing this for us. It’s really awesome that I can say that I have my own clubs, and now I can’t wait to figure out how to use them!”
The last donation ceremony of the afternoon at Morongo Golf Club at Tukwet Canyon, where Valley View High School’s golf team was holding practice. Head girls golf coach, Jack Fogarty, was elated to see his team receiving this gift, saying, “It is a really big thing for them to receive these clubs. A lot of these girls have struggled to piece together their own sets, and this is a great deal that they can now have a full set to use whenever they want. It’s absolutely amazing that the LA84 Foundation can support the community all these year later after the 1984 Olympic Games. Giving back to the youth is of utmost importance, and this is a way for the kids to expand their horizons.” Assistant coach, Jim Long, was also very pleased to see his team receiving the clubs, saying, “It’s a neat program, because where we are, the youth community doesn’t’ have easy access to the game. This will give them an opportunity to get excited about golf, and as their friends see them playing the game, I hope that they also grow the interest in the sport.”
Maddie Mclaughlin – “Thank you so much to the SCPGA, I am so glad that I can now use these clubs to improve my game.”
Rhaelyn Rodriguez – “It makes me so proud to receive these clubs, I’ve worked so hard on my golf game, and now that I have my own set, I can’t wait to see how much my game improves.”
Jalen Long – “It’s cool to get these new clubs and to have my own bag now is amazing. I’ve had clubs before, but it has alway been a pieced together set. It will be great to play with a full set!”
Support from the LA84 Foundation, Friends of Golf, and Wilson Golf has allowed the SCPGA Foundation to kickstart this program, which strives to provide high school aged females throughout Southern California with the necessary golf equipment to compete and experience the game of golf. The ClubsForeYouth is aiming to provide 225+ student athletes with sets of Wilson Golf clubs by the end of 2018. We look to you to support this amazing program. With your help, we can reach this goal of positively impacting youth in our community! Get involved today.