Any golfer can tell you all the ways that golfing is good for you. It’s fun, it improves fitness, gets you walking outdoors, and relieves stress, but did you know that golfing is good for the community, as well?
Spring is almost here and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Edinburg RGV are getting ready for its 29th annual “Swing for Kids” Golf Classic, an event that will not only offer an afternoon of fun and fitness, but will also help transform the lives children right here in the Rio Grande Valley. The tournament is scheduled for May 10 with a 1 p.m. shotgun start at Los Lagos Golf Club in Edinburg. All the funds raised in the golf tournament will help provide programs for local children.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Edinburg RGV are dedicated to giving the youth in the community the best chance to grow, learn, and transform themselves into successful adults. The partnerships the organization forms with the youth, parents, schools, and other community members create academic enrichment opportunities that allow the students to graduate high school on time and be college or career ready with the skills they need to succeed.
Developing healthy lifestyles is also a major component of the organization’s mission. Programs there promote fitness, nutrition, stress reduction, an understanding of healthy relationships, and an appreciation for the environment. Club leaders believe that a future generation of active citizens begins with building healthy habits. All of their teen members have abstained from marijuana use and 96 percent have abstained from drinking alcohol.
Character and civic engagement is the cornerstone for creating a generation of world changers. The club members are developing leadership skills and engaging in planning and decision-making opportunities on a regular basis. The Youth for Unity program teaches a better understanding of diversity and combats bigotry, discrimination, and prejudice. A strong majority of the participants in the program have increased their ability to recognize bias, unfairness and stereotypes. The Club Service program is a partnership with National Service Americorps that recognizes members’ service and provides education awards based on volunteer hours.
Over 19,000 young people are served at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Edinburg RGV sites located around the community. With over 6,500 registered members and more than 12,500 other children served, the organization tirelessly works to improve outcomes for the next generation.
The golf tournament sponsorships will provide funds for enrichment opportunities like the STEMtastic Spring Break camp taking place on March 11-15 with programs focused on science, technology, engineering and math. The camp activities will create a fun hands-on science and technology environment for club members to excite them about pursuing careers in STEM fields. Many of club members have participated in STEM camps and other hands-on activities. For three consecutive years, club members have been state champions in the Zero Robotics competition.
The 29th annual Golf Classic gives the community at large a chance to make a difference in the lives of the young people who need it most.
“It will be a great Friday afternoon on the golf course at Los Lagos in Edinburg,” said Adriana Rendon, vice president of operations for Boys & Girls Clubs of Edinburg RGV. With the tournament’s 1 p.m. shotgun start, all the teams will tee off simultaneously from different holes. This allows everyone to start and end at the same time. With lots of prizes for teams and individuals, the event promises excitement and challenge for the players. But the best part is likely knowing that they’ll be helping improve the lives of local children.
Sponsorship levels start at $250 for hole sponsorship and range up to $5,000 for platinum level, which allows four teams of three to play in the tournament. To take part in the fun and benefit Rio Grande Valley youth, sign up is still open. Contact the Boys & Girls Clubs of Edinburg RGV at (956) 383-2582 or email Rendon at firstname.lastname@example.org.