Mass Golfer Spring 2015 : Page 24

CAPITOL CONCEPT Mass Golf Day 2015 A Communal Game Built On Giving Back To The Community Golf charity begins at the grass roots — teaching the game’s intrinsic values to our youth, awarding scholarship dreams, providing accessibility to all and helping to fi nd medical cures. WHILE THE MAIN MESSAGE at Mass Golf Day 2015 focused on the economic impact the sport gener-ates for the Bay State economy, it was also clear how much the sport gives back to communities statewide. According to The Massachusetts Golf Economy Full Report , the total amount of charitable giving attributed to golf in Massachusetts was roughly $74.3 million in 2012. On a national level, We Are Golf reports that golf continues to be a key driver of charitable giving to a tune of $3.9 billion a year. Along with the longstanding signifi cant charitable contributions made by the Deutsche Bank Champion-ship (see page 18), below are snapshots of fi ve other charitable organizations that were represented at Mass Golf Day 2015, each dedicated to making a dif-ference throughout the Common-wealth by utilizing the game of golf at a grass-roots efforts. The First Tee of Massachusetts TFTMA became an offi cial charter of the Massachusetts Golf Asso-ciation in 2003. The First Tee is a heralded character education pro-gram that aims to positively impact McCabe children by providing educational programs that build character, in-still life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through golf. The mission is to help young people be successful in school and in life. Since its introduction, TFTMA has introduced more than 75,000 Bay State youth to its golf and life skills curriculum through its programming facilities in Norton (at its home base of MGA Links), Springfi eld, Lynnfi eld and Cape Cod. During Mass Golf Day 2015, Joe McCabe, executive director of TFTMA, announced that the organization was planning to open a new program affi liate in the City of Boston. “Golf is a powerful vehicle to touch lives and make an impact,” said McCabe. “The First Tee has been able to successfully connect with deserving youth across the country with the goal of reaching 10 million additional young people through 2017.” 24 M ASS G OLFE R e Spring 2015 The Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund The Ouimet Fund is the largest independent scholarship fund located in New England. Since 1949, it has awarded $28.1 million in need-based college tuition assistance to students who have given at least two years of service to golf as caddies, pro shop work, or course superintendent operations in Massachusetts. More than 5,200 young people have received Ouimet Scholarships, and many have gone on to prestigious positions of leadership in business and professional careers. Golf For All GFA is dedicated to providing free, acces-sible golf programs for wounded U.S. military veterans, children and adults with autism and autism-spectrum disorders, and others facing physical, emo-tional and cognitive challenges. The program utilizes the inherent therapeutic qualities of golf to promote inclusion, self-confi -dence, and independence while also providing a community in which participants can thrive. Golf Fights Cancer GFC taps into the passion and generosity of all golfers to raise much needed funds for cancer-related organiza-tions and families living with the disease, making target-ed donations for equipment, services, and/or amenities that make an immediate positive impact on treatment and the experience for both patient and family. Jimmy Fund Golf JFG is the nation’s oldest and largest charity golf program. Every year, volunteers plan and host more than 150 golf tournaments with more than 25,000 participants. Proceeds benefi t groundbreaking cancer research and compassionate patient care for children and adults at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. As a public service, the MGA posts a list of New England charity golf events on mgalinks.org — fi nd them under the ‘Player Services’ tab on the site’s home page. e DAVID COLT

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