ANAHEIM & SANTA ANA, California – Eight lucky students from Esperanza and El Modena High Schools were awarded brand new sets of Wilson golf clubs today as part of the SCPGA Foundation’s ClubsForeYouth program!
The SCPGA Foundation was overjoyed to fulfill the players at Esperanza High and El Modena High Schools with brand new Wilson Golf clubs as part of this special initiative. To date, over 30 sets of clubs have already distributed across several high schools in the Southern California community, with another 70 yet to be donated in 2017. SCPGA Foundation manager Matt Gilson was in attendance for the donation ceremony and said that, “ClubsForeYouth is creating an opportunity to foster and sustain interest in the game of golf for a lifetime. These young ladies are building self esteem, character, and friendships that they will cherish for years to come and we’re thrilled to be able to positively impact their lives.”
On another wonderfully sunny afternoon in SoCal, a dozen players and parents were in attendance to witness the donation ceremony at Esperanza. After a brief presentation, the clubs were successfully given to each girl, and Esperanza’s Girls Golf Coach, Kevin Claborn said that, “A lot of these players are using clubs that are very outdated, and receiving these clubs helps them feel more apart of the team. It’s a guarantee that they will now be more motivated to play and practice.” The Southern California PGA is dedicated to growing the game of golf and it wouldn’t be possible without the amazing support of our donors like the LA84 Foundation and the Friends of Golf. Esperanza recipient Grace Edwards said that, “Receiving these clubs makes me feel excited for the season to come!” Her teammate Grace Johnson told us that, “These clubs are going to help me step up my game to the next level.” The SCPGA is delighted to positivly impact the community in such a direct manner. Each recipient will now have the means to get involved and grow their passion for the sport. Coach Claborn concluded the ceremony by stating, “I really feel that this contribution will grow the game and allow these girls to play both in high school and beyond into college. I am very grateful and appreciative of the support provided by the SCPGA Foundation.”
Directly following the donation to Esperanza, SCPGA Foundation manager Matt Gilson continued north up the 91 Freeway to support El Modena High School. Receiving four sets, the donation ceremony was held at Riverview Golf Course, where the team was holding their first practice of the season. El Modena player Natasha Hernandez said that, “I’m very happy about receiving these clubs from the SCPGA Foundation, I’ve never really had the chance to play golf before and I’m looking forward to having a lot of fun.” This idea of having fun with the game reinforces the mission of the ClubsForeYouth program, which is to provide high school aged females throughout Southern California with the necessary golf equipment to compete and experience the game of golf. Fellow El Modena team member Zoey Bentley said that, “I am very grateful and excited to receive these clubs! I cant wait to experience the game and test out each club on the course in competition.” The El Modena girls golf team is lead by PGA Member Pat Pohlen, who was in a very happy and energetic mood upon receiving these clubs. He confirmed that their season was fast approaching and receiving these clubs will aid and support their mission to compete at the highest level possible!
The main goal of the ClubsForeYouth program is to fully equip underserved youth with resources to foster and sustain their development in the sport of golf. ClubsForeYouth is aiming to donate over 225 sets by 2018 with the help of our generous supporters!
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