Pro-Am proceeds to go to the National Junior Golf Academy to help at-risk
youth learn valuable life skills
TORONTO, June 13 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Tour and Capital One Canada
have joined forces to host the "Birdies for Kids" fundraiser to be held Monday
July 28, 2008 at the historic Scarboro Golf & Country Club. "Birdies for Kids"
is a program initiated by Canadian Tour players to support fundraising
initiatives for children from economically challenged and high-risk areas.
The fundraiser takes place the eve of the Canadian Tour's International
Team Matches and pairs amateurs alongside two dozen leading PGA TOUR prospects
- several of whom will have competed at the RBC Canadian Open the previous
All proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit the National Junior Golf
Academy (NJGA), a non-profit group that uses the rules governing golf as a
medium to teach life-skills to at-risk youth in Toronto. The program has
helped hundreds of young adults in Toronto develop key social and economic
skills that are essential for success.
"There are few things more important than the well-being of our youth,
and through the Birdies for Kids program our players recognize the valuable
work of the NJGA," stated Canadian Tour Commissioner Richard Janes. "To have
24 of our top players give so generously of their time to help support this
initiative is a testament to the character of these young men."
This is the second year the Canadian Tour has selected the NJGA as the
beneficiary of the "Birdies for Kids" program. In 2007, Canadian Tour players
raised $10,000 for the program with a dollar donated for each birdie made. The
Canadian Tour and its players are looking for corporations to contribute
matching donations in 2008.
"Helping at-risk youth achieve their full potential is one of Capital
One's priorities," said Ian Cunningham, Chief Operating Officer, Capital One
Canada. "We're proud to partner with the Canadian Tour to help raise money to
teach life-skills to youth through the Birdies for Kids program."
"Our goal is to continue to serve the needs of the children growing up in
these communities and this fundraiser is a significant step toward that goal,"
said NJGA president Kingsley Rowe. "We are able to nurture the dreams of young
people and work with their families who are facing challenging situations."
Esme Hooper acknowledged the positive influence the NJGA program had on
her son Lincoln. "Despite his learning disability, Lincoln enjoys the game of
golf. He started the program when he was 12 and stayed with it until he turned
18. The program helped him stay focused and he hasn't let his disability hold
"Many of the children involved in the program have graduated high school
and furthered their education at prestigious colleges and universities."
About the Canadian Tour
The Canadian Tour is a non-profit association representing some of the
top young PGA TOUR prospects from more than a dozen countries around the world
and is a member of the International Federation of PGA Tours. It operates
tournaments in every major Canadian market as well as a series of events in
the United States and Mexico including the Mexican PGA Championship.
About Capital One Canada
Located in Toronto, Ontario, Capital One has offered Canadian consumers a
range of competitive MasterCard(R) credit cards since 1996, when the company
first introduced the Platinum MasterCard(R) in Canada. Capital One Canada is a
division of Capital One Bank, a subsidiary of Capital One Financial
Corporation of McLean, Virginia (NYSE: COF). Capital One is committed to the
community and to helping youth at risk through our business and nonprofit
partnerships and through the skills and dedication of our talented associates.
About the National Junior Golf Academy
The NJGA gives opportunities to children and youth growing up in the
high-risk economically challenged neighbourhood of Jane and Finch and
addresses delinquency. Operating out of the Driftwood Community Centre, our
core enrolment is 50 youth with an additional waiting list. The program is
conducted year round and is designed to break down socio-economic barriers by
using golf as a force for good, giving youth a better alternative and
preparing them to achieve their full potential.
For further information:
For further information: John Berkovich, Canadian Professional Golf
Tour, 1-877-226-8687, firstname.lastname@example.org