COMES TO THE INNER CITY
"PGA REACH" is reaching out to
inner city youth, promoting classroom attendance,
teaching recreational activities (yes, golf),
and improving career options to youth.
The first PGA REACH program was started
in St. Louis by members of Bellerive Country Club
and a partnership with the PGA Gateway Chapter.
It is now being adopted on a nationwide basis.
Bellerive is sponsoring the 74th Sr. PGA Tournament
(May 21-26, 2013), so it is no accident that
the 2012 PGA Champion, Roger Chapman,
was in town promoting the national tourney.
Chapman and St. Louis baseball legend, Ozzie Smith,
gave some golf pointers to lucky youngsters
enrolled in the program.
This is a great way to introduce the sport of golf
to youth who would otherwise have no way
of learning or playing a sport
not familiar to the inner city.
(And reducing the high school dropout rate.)