July 2011 E-blast

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Pro Kids Mission - To challenge underserved youth to excel in life by promoting character development, life-skills, and values through education and the game of golf.

            July 2011

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  • Seven high school members went on a tour of Chapman University and Cal State Fullerton. The trip is part of Pro Kids’ initiative to get kids motivated about going to college; each month students visit a different campus in southern California. This visit allowed students to tour two distinct campuses. At Chapman University, students enjoyed a tour of the campus as well as the dorms. At Cal State Fullerton, Felipe Salazar, a CSUF alum, gave students a tour as well as a look into his favorite aspects of the campus. Students ate in the Titan Student Union and met with Amy Mattern, Coordinator of CSUF’s Volunteer & Service Center. It was a special trip for Pro Kids scholar Jacob Bell who will be attending CSUF in the fall. Click here to view photos of the trip.

  • June's End of Month Tournament was a Stroke Play Championship on June 25. For Levels 6 and 7 (the winners shooting under par), Stephanie Fernandez took first place and Javier Cid took second place. Levels 4 and 5 (also with both winners shooting under par), Jorgeo Catolico took first place and Sean Payne took second. Closest to the pin for the higher divisions was Justin McGrath. For Levels 2 and 3 girls division, Lizette Arteaga took first place and Delia Olivares took second. For the boys division, Adonis Bell took first place, Janidu Goonatilaka took second place, and Matthew Ai took third place. Closest to the pin for Levels 2 and 3 was Lizette Arteaga. Click here to view photos of the tournament.

  • The boys versus girls teen challenge started up again this month with a carnival games theme. The teens competed in a water balloon toss, dart throwing contest, inferno wings challenge, pie eating contest, and other games of luck. The boys managed to pull off another win! Click here to view photos of the event.

  • On June 15, 14 IBM employees joined 20 Pro Kids members for a service project at Colina Park. The park clean-up was one of several other service projects coordinated around the world to commemorate IBM’s centennial. Following the clean-up IBM employees and Pro Kids members enjoyed a delicious lunch donated by William Ray and fun golf games. Click here to view photos of the event.

  • Join Pro Kids in celebrating our youth and volunteers at the 2011 Awards & Recognition Ceremony on Saturday, August 27 from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. on the Pro Kids patio. Awards include Boy and Girl Players of the Year, All-Academic Athlete, Volunteer of the Year, the Ernie Wright Hall of Fame, and others. After the ceremony, cool off with an ice cream social and our anonymous guacamole contest! To compete in the guacamole contest, you must pre-register. RSVP for the event and register your guacamole by August 22 with Chris Mathes at (619) 582-7884 ext. 122 or cmathes@prokidsonline.orgClick here to view the flyer for the event.

  • Pro Kids board member Tony Thornley has been named interim CEO of Callaway Golf Company. Tony is an active member of several Pro Kids committees and a major donor. Tony has been on the Callaway board of directors since 2004 and is considered the board’s financial expert. We congratulate the Callaway board on their excellent choice and wish Tony the very best.

  • The Pro Kids Annual Golf Tournament, presented by The Legacy Rolf Benirschke Invitational and Turner Construction, will be held on Monday, September 12 at the San Diego Country Club. Space is limited to 108 golfers and always sells out. Sponsorships are available. Click here for more information and to register online, or contact Doug Butz, Bill Fontana, Judge Larry Irving, Phil Ward, or George Young to confirm your spot.

  • Want to know what's happening at Pro Kids in July? Click here for the golf calendar and click here for the Learning Center calendar.

Did you know? Pro Kids members are advancing their education! In June, ten Pro Kids members graduated from high school and two scholars graduated from college.


Pro Kids Golf Academy
The First Tee of San Diego
4085 52nd Street, San Diego, CA 92105
(619) 582-7884