ANAHEIM & WHITTIER, CA – The Southern California PGA Foundation continued the “ClubsForeYouth” initiative today, with an additional 12 student athletes from Katella & California High School’s receiving brand new Wilson Golf clubs! Growing the game of golf is a core underlying mission of the PGA of America, and the ClubsForeYouth program is the perfect vessel to get the game into the hands of players that wouldn’t normally be able to experience this great sport.
Support from the LA 84 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 pure joy of receiving the gift of golf is not only shown on each recipients smiling face, but also in their enthusiastic responses. Katella High School student, Giselle Tornel said, “It makes me feel really good now that I will be able to play this sport and learn more about it. I’ve never had my own clubs before, and it makes me feel very happy and excited to use them!” Fellow Katella teammate, Khue Kiev, said, “It make’s me feel happy to receive these clubs, because it’s amazing that this organization is willing to donate golf clubs to those community members who couldn’t afford them or have easy access to them. I really appreciate the guestuer that the SCPGA Foundation has made!”
Also receiving clubs from Katella was, Anahi Guillen, brimming form ear to ear, she said, “I’m very grateful because sports like this, especially women’s golf, is not big on campus, and to be able to grow the recognition of the program is amazing.” The fourth and final Katella student receiving clubs was Dezirey Ochoa, stating, “I feel really special because I’ve never owned my own clubs before, and now I’m just very excited to get on the field and play!”
After the conclusion of the donation ceremony at Katella High, SCPGA Foundation Manager, Matt Gilson, and SCPGA Communications Administrator Bryce Seiver, loaded up the truck, and made another stop at California High School in Whittier. There, the SCPGA Foundation would see another eight sets find happy homes in the arms of grateful recipients.
California High School girls golf coach, Jim Arnold said, “It’s great to see these clubs being donated to the girls in our program. Receiving these eight sets of Wilson Golf clubs will tremendously help our program, while also sustaining their passion in golf for years to come.” When asked about the involvement of the LA84 Foundation, Arnold said, “Thank you very much to the LA84 Foundation, I’ve seen them supporting our community, and it’s amazing that they have granted us this opportunity.” California High School student, Randi Halbmaier, was one of the lucky recipients, telling us, “It feels really good to get this gift, I’ve never had my own set before, and I’m very excited to get golfing asap!”
Also receiving the clubs from California High was, Caroline Schloss, who told us, “I’m most excited to play golf with my whole family, my mom and dad both golf, and this is now a sport that we can enjoy together as a family.” Caroline also said, “Thank you so much to the SCPGA Foundation, our team really appreciates the support!” Hannah Sandoval from California High told us, “I’m grateful and thankful to get these Wilson Golf clubs, I’m beyond excited to be able to get involved in the game of golf.”
California High School Principal, Bill Schloss, was in attendance for the donation ceremony, saying, “It’s an incredible opportunity for the girls to receive these clubs in the first year of offering the program to our students. Golf can be an expensive game to get into, and to have the support from the SCPGA Foundation will undoubtedly help our program thrive.” It’s without question that the SCPGA is proud and honored to donate these tools of the game to athletes that couldn’t normally afford to experience this wonderful recreational opportunity. Schloss continued by stating, “They will now be able to develop a love for the game, which they can play their whole lives. We greatly appreciate the support granted to our students, which will ultimately help our kids get better at the game.”
The ClubsForeYouth is aiming to provide 225+ student athletes with sets of Wilson Golf clubs by 2018. We look to the public for support of this amazing program. With your help, we can reach this goal of positively impacting youth in our community! To get involved, visit the link below.