On June 21st, TFTSV in partnership with the Police Activities League and the Sheriffs Activities League held the first of 7 classes for 24 students at Baylands Golf Links. Our partnership started with both programs in October of 2018. With funding and support from the SAGA Foundation’s President, David Bartoshuk, TFTSV began working with PAL and SAL of Redwood City to bring DRIVE to their programs and schools.
Our partnership began with DRIVE clinics held at Taft Elementary, Garfield Elementary, Fair Oaks Elementary, Connect Charter School and Hoover Elementary. Students who enjoyed the DRIVE clinics and wanted to continue their golf experience then attended our 8-week sessions at SportsHouse, an enclosed soccer & recreational facility in Redwood City for the Winter and Spring. Beginning this Summer, 24 of those students had van transportation to Baylands Golf Links thanks to the financial backing of The Saga Foundation, and the coordination and assistance from the PAL staff led by Program Director, Anthony Gomez.
For most of the 24 participants, this was the first time they had ever been to a golf course. TFTSV Program Manager, Chris Moreno-Hunt, said “We are thrilled to have the students continue their TFTSV classes and experience at a real golf course. The road to this point was a product of a successful collaboration with multiple dedicated youth and community leaders. We are grateful for the contributions of the PAL staff, SAL staff and Sheriffs, school leaders at our partnering Redwood City Schools, Redwood City Parks and Recs, Baylands Golf Links, and the SAGA Foundation. Together we are able to positively impact students and will continue to provide a unique Life Skills experience through golf.” TFTSV will continue to collaborate with our community partners and schools with the intention of building a sustainable pathway for students to access golf and golf facilities.