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PGA REACH Harvick4HighSchoolGolf Program

NASCAR Driver Kevin Harvick & PGA REACH Carolinas Partner for the PGA REACH Harvick4HighSchoolGolf Program

Program Utilizes Golf to Foster Healthy Lifestyles, Teamwork and Valuable Life Skills to Young Athletes

In 2022, 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 Foundation & Gene Haas Foundation, fosters healthy lifestyles, teamwork and valuable life skills obtained from competition. Now in its second year, 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 partnered 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.  This program is set to continue in 2024.

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!

If your Title 1 High School Golf Team is in need of financial assistants for the 2024 year, please contact PGA REACH Carolinas Coordinator, Mia Hayasaki by email at mhayasaki@pgahq.com or by phone at (336) 398-2673 for more information about the Harvick4HighSchoolGolf Program.