Friends of Sandy Springs Awarded the Sticks for Kids Excellence Award

The Golf Course Builders Association of America (GCBAA) Foundation and National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) are proud to announce the recipient of the inaugural Sticks for Kids Excellence Award: Friends of Sandy Springs Foundation in Sandy Springs, Ga.

The award is meant to honor an outstanding junior golf program that has utilized its granted Sticks for Kids program to the fullest potential. That can be accomplished by establishing and growing a junior golf program and using it as an outreach and youth development tool for area youth as well as a means to grow the game.

Friends of Sandy Springs Foundation started Sticks for Kids programming in 2010 and through the Sandy Springs Recreation and Parks Department it has taken a multi-pronged approach to support the youth in its community. A no-charge afterschool program has been established at three elementary schools in the community with demonstrations, drills, skills contests and game activities three times a week while school is in session. Another program is held during summer camp and many of the children attend on scholarship and are introduced to golf for the first time.

The Sticks for Kids Excellence Award will be presented at the GCBAA Summer Meeting, Aug. 10 to 12, in Atlanta, during the special 40th Anniversary Recognition Dinner Thursday evening.

For more information about the event or Sticks for Kids, contact the GCBAA.

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