My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for GPS Golf Program In Schools,Inc., Sun City, AZ, USA
I was introduced to GPS through a long time friend who was volunteering with them as a golf coach in the schools. He invited my husband, who is an avid golfer and loves working with Jr. golfers, to teach with them. My husband told me they were also in need of admin help, and I jumped in! I have been volunteering for 10 months now and cannot say enough great things about the program and what they are providing for the students and families in the community! I am learning to golf myself to the joy of my husband, and my adult children are getting in on the fun! We have the students out to the golf course for a field trip as part of the 1 week program, and the smiles, laughter and cheering tell the whole story of their joy as they find they can play golf! It chokes me up every time! Learning the life lessons that golf incorporates: Persistence and the payoff to not giving up, Achievement and the confidence it builds, Trustworthiness and how learning integrity impacts your whole life, and Healthy lifestyle of fresh outdoors and exercise for any/every skill level, is so rewarding! I have been so taken with the weekly stories of one or several students that expressed an insight, desire, or some type of positive impact this program has had on them.
Tom Loegering, the founder of GPS, has instilled his love of the game of golf, and his desire to positively impact the future of young people into the program so profoundly that it resonates throughout the entire organization. Everything we do is in line with those two goals. Whether we are trying to write a grant, fundraise, run a tournament, everything has the love of golf and young peoples futures at stake and on purpose. I am grateful to have been blessed with this opportunity in my life, the chance to make such a difference in growth and development of our youth in such a positive way and them leave with the lifelong benefit of golf including scholarships and career opportunities!