Callaway Golf Canada has come on board as presenting sponsor of the National Golf in Schools program, designed to introduce children to the game through elementary schools across the country.
“We have been very interested and excited about the Golf in Schools program since its inception,” said Callaway Golf Canada managing director Scott Reid.
“To now be able to put some concerted time, effort and funds in behind this initiative gives us hope that the health and future of the game of golf has a true fighting stance to succeed,” he added.
Launched in May of 2009, the Golf in Schools program has been introduced into physical education classes at 1,250 of Canada’s 10,000 elementary schools across Canada.
“The Canadian elementary school physical education system represents a vital touch point that will help introduce thousands of children each year to the game of golf,” said Golf Canada executive director Scott Simmons.
PGA of Canada executive director Gary Bernard was also quick to recognize Callaway’s involvement.
“This is another great step in the evolution of the National Golf in Schools program,” said Bernard.
“I believe Callaway’s involvement can only benefit the program in getting more kids introduced to golf and have them start down the pathway to a life in the game,” he said.
Callaway’s support of Golf in Schools builds on its involvement in the Callaway Golf for Kids program, a grassroots initiative developed by the Golf Association of Ontario, which supplements the Golf in Schools program in the province of Ontario.
“Callaway has been involved with the GAO’s Golf For Kid’s program for several years and we felt now was the right time to expand our support of the game nationally,” said Reid.
“We look forward to working with Golf Canada, the PGA of Canada and all of the provincial golf associations to bring Golf in Schools to thousands more Canadian elementary schools and increasing the awareness of the program from coast to coast” he added.
Golf in Schools is also supported by the National Golf Course Owners Association, provincial golf associations and ClubLink.