Since its creation in 1979, the Chi Chi Rodriguez Youth Foundation has grown to include an after-school program and welcomed the Boys & Girls Club and Big Brothers Big Sisters into its programming.
The foundation also expanded to include a local chapter of the First Tee, a junior golf program designed to impact the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf.
On Nov. 5, Boys & Girls Club member Nate Sullenberger was honored by First Tee coach Tony Simpson and supporter Jeff Munford with a new set of Callaway golf clubs. Nate, who turned 16 the same day, was recognized for exhibiting the core values of sportsmanship and integrity taught at the Clearwater Chi Chi Academy campus in Clearwater.
The Callaway clubs were donated by Boys & Girls Club board member and St. Pete West Rotarian Munford, who won the clubs at a golf tournament a month ago and immediately turned them back over to be donated to a student at Chi Chi's.
"I don't think there's any better way to serve our kids than to get them out playing golf," said Munford. "I was happy to win the golf raffle and wanted to share my good fortune."
The Chi Chi Rodriguez Youth Foundation was created to help at-risk youth achieve academic, social and economic success by remaining engaged in their education and acquiring the practical skills to excel.
The foundation supports the Chi Chi Rodriguez Academy, operates the Chi Chi Rodriguez Golf Club and Sports Complex, and also runs programs at the Chi Chi Rodriguez Academy campus.
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