2011 CN Canadian Women’s Open Benefits Schools

Montréal, Que. (Golf Canada) – The 2011 CN Canadian Women’s Open at Hillsdale Golf and Country Club in Mirabel, Que. will leave behind a major golf legacy in the province of Québec.

A successful grant application submitted by Golf Canada and Golf Québec to the Québec Ministry of Education, Recreation and Sport in connection with the province hosting 2011 CN Canadian Women’s Open held in August will give a major boost to the National Golf in Schools Program.  The grant funding will allow Golf Canada and Golf Québec – the national and provincial sport organizations for golf – to bring the Golf in Schools Program to more than 100 elementary schools in the province.

The intent of the grant funding was to make an impact on the sport and lifestyle culture for a significant number of people in Québec and leave a legacy in support of sporting activities for children in communities across the province.

“I cannot say it often enough. The future of our sport lies with the children. The earlier we can introduce them to the fundamentals of golf, the better our chances are to transmit to them our passion for this sport. I am convinced that this is the best heritage we can give to the next generation who will have a sport to play for life,” said Jean-Pierre Beaulieu, Executive Director of Golf Québec.

Developed by Physical Health and Education Canada (PHE Canada) in partnership with Golf Canada and the PGA of Canada, the Golf in Schools Program provides each participating elementary school with the required equipment and teaching curriculum manual to integrate golf into the school’s physical education program.

Launched in May of 2009, the program has already been introduced into Phys. Ed. classes at 1,250 of Canada’s 10,000 elementary schools including more than 270 schools in the territory served by Golf Québec.

“The National Golf in Schools Program represents a tremendous opportunity to introduce thousands of children to the sport of golf through the Canadian elementary school system,” said Scott Simmons, Executive Director and CEO, Golf Canada.  “The funding received from the Québec Ministry of Education, Recreation and Sport in support of Golf in Schools is a wonderful legacy in honour of Canada’s National Women’s Open Championship that will make a significant impact in the growth of the program and the development of golf in Québec.”

In addition to the provincial grant funds that will support the growth of Golf in Schools in Québec, the 2011 CN Canadian Women’s Open also leaves behind a significant charitable legacy with more than $2.1 million raised through the CN Miracle Match Program in support of the Montréal Children’s Hospital Foundation and the Ste-Justine UHC Foundation.

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