NRPA is thrilled to be partnering with the Jack Nicklaus Learning Leagues, powered by SNAG, to deliver golf to the game's youngest players in communities across the nation. Details about this exciting new initiative will be released soon. NRPA will communicate broadly about how to become involved in this program, however, if you would like to be added to the direct notification list, please email Colleen Pittard
Read the latest press release regarding the Jack Nicklaus Learning Leagues.
Explore a recent article regarding Jack Nicklaus' support of this golf initiative.
For information about NRPA's additional collaboration with SNAG, please see below.
NRPA partnered with SNAG Golf in 2011 to pilot the SNAG G-Ball program through park and recreation agencies. G-Ball is best described as golf’s version of T-Ball, focused on children 5 and 6 years old. It can be conducted by parent-coaches in gymnasiums, on soccer fields, and throughout other open spaces - with or without a golf course. G-Ball was developed using age-appropriate programming based on a child’s golf motor skills as well as the culture of the game. The program is activity-based with progressive instruction occurring as the child develops. Play is the focus of the program in a non-competitive format.
Results of the pilot program were outstanding, with park and recreation staff and volunteers reporting that children had fun using the SNAG G-Ball equipment and participating in the different modules. The SNAG G-Ball program pilots successfully demonstrated that young children can have fun learning golf and that parks and recreation agencies are a critical component of growing the game of golf.
The following park and recreation agencies piloted (read the press release) the SNAG G-Ball program:
- Glendale Parks and Recreation – Glendale, Ariz.
- Carson Parks and Recreation – Carson, Calif.
- Manhattan Beach Parks and Recreation – Manhattan Beach, Calif.
- Santa Clarita Parks, Recreation, and Community Service – Santa Clarita, Calif.
- Hyland Hills Parks and Recreation – Federal Heights, Colo.
- Miami-Dade County Park and Recreation – Miami, Fla.
- Orange County Parks and Recreation – Orlando, Fla.
- Treasure Island Recreation – Treasure Island, Fla.
- Indian River County Recreation – Vero Beach, Fla.
- Lawrence Parks and Recreation – Lawrence, Kan.
- Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation – Ann Arbor, Mich.
- Springfield-Greene County Parks and Recreation – Springfield, Mo.
- Roseville Parks and Recreation – Roseville, Minn.
- Los Alamos County Recreation – Los Alamos, N.M.
- West Allis-West Milwaukee Recreation – West Allis, Wis.
For more information about the SNAG G-Ball grant, contact Colleen Pittard.
For more information about SNAG Golf, visit www.snagpros.com and connect via LinkedIn.