Program Utilizes Golf to Foster Healthy Lifestyles, Teamwork and Valuable Life Skills to Young Athletes
The PGA REACH Harvick4HighSchoolsGolf Program launched at two (2) Mecklenburg County high schools and two (2) Guilford County high schools to encourage more youth in Mecklenburg County and Guilford County to participate in high school athletic programs, specifically golf. This program, funded by generous grants from the Kevin Harvick and PGA REACH Carolinas Foundations, fosters healthy lifestyles, teamwork and valuable life skills obtained from competition. Qualifying high school golf programs are assigned a PGA professional to deliver four (4) golf instruction sessions per golf season to assist the current high school coach. Sessions include swing lessons, rules of golf fundamentals, course management, team strategy, and personal mentoring.
In 2013, the Kevin Harvick Foundation (KHF) conducted a similar program at North High School (Kevin’s alma mater) in Bakersfield, CA with the golf and wrestling teams. The program was very successful yielding higher participation and engaging youth. The PGA REACH Harvick4HighSchoolsGolf Program will be partnering with James B. Dudley High School, Ben L. Smith High School, High Point Central High School, T. Wingate Andrews High School, East Mecklenburg High School, North Mecklenburg High School, Butler High School, and Independence High School men’s and women’s golf teams for the 2023 season. The men’s high school golf season will start this Spring followed by the women’s this Fall.
Through fundraising efforts from the Kevin Harvick Foundation and the PGA REACH Carolinas Foundation, donations from the Gene Haas Foundation, and equipment donations from the Carolinas PGA Lowcountry Chapter Director, Deron Lee, PGA; CPGA Lowcountry REACH Chair, Briana Niemann, LPGA/PGA; Chase Godwin, PGA, and the rest of the membership and team at Kiawah Island Club and Kiawah Island Golf Resort, Harvick4HighSchoolGolf has been able to provide PGA professional instruction, uniforms, team golf bags, golf clubs, hats, golf balls, golf clubs, and additional items to help these high schools have a successful season!