|Golf tourney equals children’s success |
|Posted: Tuesday, April 20, 2010 2:01 pm |
| IT’S TEE TIME – Six-year-old Chance Browning practices his golf game behind the Martin Housing Authority’s Learning Enrichment Center. Browning is one of the many children that benefit from the annual MHA golf tournament. |
Photo by Robert Nunley
Now in its third year, the Martin Housing Authority’s annual golf tournament has brought together golf enthusiasts and children. It is time, once again, for the two to marry on the greens at Persimmon Hills in Sharon.
The Four-Person Scramble event is set for Thursday, April 22. Typically, Mother Nature has blessed the event with blue skies while golfers enjoy fellowship with one another.
This annual event provides an opportunity for low-income families to benefit from the generosity of its participants.
Through proceeds raised from the golf tournament, MHA’s Learning Enrichment Center is able to provide many needed programs for impoverished youth.
Ongoing projects at the Center include a Literacy Project, backed by UT Martin Chancellor Tom Rakes. The Literacy Project encourages the children to develop a love for reading.
The after school program aids working families by helping students with their homework before they go home each day after school.
The summer programs at MHA provide entertainment, health education, field trips, swimming and arts and crafts.
Through a partnership between MHA and the department of human services, free summer lunches are provided to approximately 60 to 70 youth 18 years of age and younger. Lunch is served Monday through Friday during the summer months at the Stuart Community Center located at 120 Manley St. in Martin.
The summer programs and free lunch programs are provided at no charge for families.
All of these programs are made possible through money collected during tee time at the annual golf tournament.
The cost is $50 per person and includes golf cart rental, lunch and awards. Teams of four can sign up to play and individuals will be grouped together on Thursday at Persimmon Hills.
There will be a $10,000 cash prize for a Hole in One and door prizes will be given away.
The registration deadline is Monday. Contact Kristy Robinson at 587-3186, ext. 230 for more information or to register for the tournament.