On July 21st, Big Brothers Big Sisters in partnership with Craig Hartsburg, retired professional hockey player, OHL, and NHL coach, will host their 2nd annual Golf for Kids Sake tournament.
This year’s event will take place at Root River Golf Club. Entry is $400 per team (4 people to a team) in a Par-3 format, and includes lunch, supper, and silent auction. The family-friendly tournament will have challenges and prizes to make the day that much more exciting.
Hartsburg, who has played for the Birmingham Bulls (WHA) and the Minnesota North Stars (NHL), told SaultOnline, “It’s important we take care of our biggest asset, children. Big Brothers is a great organization, we had a fun day last year, and we are looking forward to an even better year this year.”
Of his involvement with Big Brothers Big Sisters, Hartsburg explained “It’s a mentorship program for the kids, and I am also involved with the coach mentorship program for hockey here in the Sault, and the end result for both is the kids are going to benefit. They are going to be more successful and more likely to succeed in life. I’ve been very lucky in my life and I certainly love giving back, especially here in Sault Ste. Marie.”
This tournament is unique because kids are encouraged to be a part of it.
Last year, Hartsburg’s grand-children took part, and many people brought their children.
Rebecca Bolton, Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters, said “it’s a competitive event, but even if you aren’t a pro golfer, its something you can still come out to, do well in, have a good time and bring the kids.” She continued, “We are a youth mentorship agency so we love that kids can come out, too.”
Considering that golf can be a very intimidating sport, this relaxed, welcoming environment is a great way for kids to get their feet wet and try it out with no pressure.
Fundraising is critical for organizations like Big Brothers Big Sisters, who work on a limit staff with limited funding. In terms of fundraising goals for the tournament, Bolton explained, “The sky’s the limit. For us right now funding is the biggest challenge that our agency faces. Our strategic plan for the next three years is to triple the youth in our program, and we could probably do it by the end of this summer, but we aren’t in a position to do that funding-wise. We don’t want to put kids on a waiting list to be matched, we want to have those adult role models ready for them.”
All funds raised through the Golf for Kid’s Sake event will stay local to support local youth and the mentorship programs offered through Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Teams can get more information or register by calling Big Brothers Big Sisters at 705-945-7717 or online here.
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