Following the week-long celebration of Adopt a School Week, Golf Canada is proud to announce an additional 240 adoptions occurred in 2017 thanks to the efforts of corporate sponsors, industry partners, and golf enthusiasts across the country.
In total, the figure translates to an additional 28,800 elementary, intermediate and high school students being introduced to the sport through the Future Links, driven by Acura Golf in Schools program.
With support from industry partners—the Provincial Associations, PGA of Canada and the National Golf Course Owners Association (NGCOA)—Golf in Schools was donated to 30 schools during Adopt a School Week. This figure was further made possible through the donation of the Canadian Seniors Golf Association, who helped Golf Canada create a matching program to essentially double the impact of those helping grow the sport.
Presenting sponsor Acura donated an initial 10 schools, followed by a Facebook contest to select five additional schools in the coming weeks.
Golf Town, the official retailer of Future Links driven by Acura, adopted 93 schools as part of a fundraising initiative at retail locations across the country.
RBC continued their support to all levels of Canadian golf by adopting five schools into the program.
Since the program’s inception in 2009, adoptions have accounted for close to 50% of over 3,200 registered schools delivering the curriculum. For Jeff Thompson, Golf Canada’s chief sport officer, that number presents a great opportunity to build community relationships.
“With Golf in Schools adoptions, we hope to help establish a connection between facilities and schools in respective communities across Canada,” said Thompson. “Establishing that link can enhance the school’s delivery of the program, while also contributing towards future membership numbers at the corresponding facility.”
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Future Links, driven by Acura Golf in Schools was created to introduce Canadian elementary and high school students to the game of the golf. Developed by Physical and Health Education Canada (PHE Canada) in partnership with Golf Canada, the PGA of Canada and Canada’s provincial golf associations, the program is designed to deliver physical education learning outcomes through fun golf related activities. With 10,000 elementary schools and 4,600 high schools representing close to 4.5 million students across the country, the Canadian school system and its physical education curriculum represents the single most concentrated opportunity to introduce children of all backgrounds to the sport of golf. The Golf in Schools program is proudly supported by Acura, Puma, Heritage Canada, ClubLink, Golf Town, the R&A and the National Golf Course Owners Association Canada (NGCOA). For more information, visit