Eagle Mountain’s Assistant Golf Professional, Scott Van Engelen recently took the game of golf into one Valley school…in a unique fashion. Using SNAG golf equipment (stands for Starting New At Golf), Scott coordinated a golf instructional session at Children’s First Academy, in Tempe. SNAG golf features tennis ball-like golf balls and larger, easier to hit clubs, therefore this particular “clinic” was conducted indoors, within the school’s gym/multi-purpose room.
Children’s First Academy is unique in that 100 percent of the students and their families are at the poverty line and 40 percent of the students are homeless. There are approximately 300 students, grades K-8, being educated on its grounds. The school provides stability and hope for kids amid a chaotic world of homelessness and hopelessness; many of the children live in motels, shelters and many live doubled up .
Children First Academy works to provide the necessities, care and attention that so many homeless and low socioeconomic children lack. “Hats off to Scott and Eagle Mountain for taking golf into this school and introducing a number of kids to our great game of golf,” stated Kris Strauss, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for OB Sports (management company of Eagle Mountain). “Many times children don’t have the means or can’t come to our courses to learn and get interested in the game…so it is truly inspiring to see Scott and the Eagle Mountain take on an “outreach approach” to bring the game of golf into the school itself..and get kids who otherwise might not have been exposed to the game of golf, introduced in a fun and exciting fashion,” added Strauss