For Immediate Release
HURON HILLS GOLF COURSE EARNS SNAG GRANT FROM NRPA
ANN ARBOR, Mich., May 11, 2011 — Ann Arbor Parks & Recreation, together with Huron Hills Golf Course, was recently awarded a $12,000 grant by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) to pilot the new SNAG (Starting New at Golf) G-Ball program. Ann Arbor was one of 15 agencies in the U.S. chosen to pilot the SNAG G-Ball program in 2011.
G-Ball can best be described as golf’s version of T-Ball. It can be used at any age but targeted toward young children as young as five years old — and conducted by parent-coaches in recreation centers, on sports fields and in other public open spaces. G-Ball is an activity-based program that focuses on progressive and developmental play in a non-competitive format.
The SNAG G-Ball grant program was made possible by Player Development Products, LLC.
Huron Hills Golf Course, the only facility to earn the grant in the mid-west region, will offer a SNAG program during the month of July. This will be a great opportunity for young children to learn about the game of golf. Modified equipment allows for faster learning, better technique, more fun, and greater activity while learning skills.
“A goal of Huron Hills Golf Course is to teach children the game of golf, and the SNAG program fits perfectly with this mission. SNAG has proven successful in introducing young children to the game, so we look forward to piloting the program in Ann Arbor this summer,” said Colin Smith, Parks & Recreation Services Manager for the City of Ann Arbor.
“NRPA congratulates the 15 agencies throughout the U.S. who, through the unique SNAG G-Ball program, will make the young children of their communities healthier, happier and more in touch with nature,” said Barbara Tulipane, CEO of NRPA.
The National Recreation and Park Association is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing park, recreation and conservation efforts that enhance quality of life for all people. Through its network of 20,000 recreation and park professionals and citizens, NRPA encourages the promotion of healthy lifestyles, recreation initiatives, and conservation of natural and cultural resources. For more information, visit www.NRPA.org. For digital access to NRPA’s flagship publication, Parks & Recreation, visit www.parksandrec-magazine.org.
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