CN has adopted 15 local schools from the Lambton Kent District and St Clair Catholic School Boards in Southwestern Ontario to deliver the game of golf to local students.
Students from the schools took part in a one-day golf clinic on Friday at the Saw Mill Creek Golf Club, receiving lessons in putting, chipping and driving from a PGA of Canada golf professional.
On Saturday, the program was officially launched at the annual Sarnia Kids Fun Fest.
Families participating in the Kids Fun Fest will be invited to participate in the CN Future Links skills competition and experience the game through different activities. CN Police will also be on-site throughout the day to promote rail safety.
“CN is proud to support the future of the game and the well-being and safety of our children by introducing the next generation of golfers to the game,” said Claude Mongeau, CN president and chief executive officer.
The announcement was the inauguration of the CN Future Links Community Tour. The program will consist of three community festivals each year, intended to share the health, wellness and safety values of golf.
Each tour stop will engage community youth and festival attendees in various golf activities including driving, chipping and putting as well as a CN Safety Zone to educate children on rail safety tips.
Each tour stop will also feature CN Future Links junior golf instruction from PGA of Canada professionals, as well as prize packs given away to participants. The Community Tour will travel in a converted shipping container that has been retro-fitted to transform into on-site golf activation.
The Community Tour will also visit Montreal as part of the 2014 RBC Canadian Open, July 21-26 at The Royal Montreal Golf Club and Saskatoon, Sask., from Aug. 5-10 during the Saskatoon Exhibition.
“Youth golf has provided us a valuable platform to make a significant impact in the communities in which we operate. We are pleased to take an active role in helping Golf Canada and the PGA of Canada grow junior golf across the country,” said Mr. Mongeau.