Junior Golf: FAQs

Here are just a few of the most frequently asked questions about The MGA Junior Golf Fund and the MGA's Junior Golf Programs.

What is the mission of the MGA Junior Golf Program?
Since its inception in 1992, the MGA has sponsored hundreds of clinics and training programs at locations throughout the state in order to introduce underprivileged, at-risk youth to the game of golf and its many life-enhancing values such as honesty, integrity and sportsmanship. While many participants may continue on with golf, the goal of the program is not to make them competitive golfers but to give them a sound foundation of values that they can use both on and off the golf course.

What is the mission of The MGA Junior Golf Fund?
To support the MGA's mission to serve underprivileged and at-risk youth and provide essential operating support for The First Tee of Massachusetts, ForeKids Golf Program and MGA Links at Mamantapett . The funds raised will support our efforts to expand existing operations at our The First Tee of Massachusetts facilities in Norton, Springfield, Lynnfield and on Cape Cod and will also help us open additional satellite facilities in Boston and Worcester.

Is my donation tax deductable?
Yes. The MGA is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization so any donations made to the MGA or The MGA Junior Golf Fund are tax deductible to the full extend of the law.

Why did the MGA launch The MGA Junior Golf Fund?
The success of the MGA Junior Golf Program has grown every year since 1992. The money raised by the Capital Campaign in 2001-02 helped the MGA purchase MGA Links at Mamantapett, which now serves as the home of The First Tee of Massachusetts and provides affordable junior membership and public play opportunities for individuals in the Norton area and beyond. In order to continue expanding the program offerings and reaching even more youth across the state, we need to establish a program that will provide annual financial support. We feel that this is a tremendous and affordable opportunity for avid golfers to "give back" to the game.

Why did the MGA partner with The First Tee?
The First Tee (TFT) is a nationally-recognized junior program. One of the advantages of being a TFT chapter is that the MGA is able to take advantage of its unique Life Skills curriculum. The life skills platform is based on nine core values: honesty, integrity, confidence, responsibility, perseverance, sportsmanship, judgment, respect and courtesy. Proven to be successful nationwide, the Life Skills curriculum helps participants become comfortable introducing themselves to others, meeting new people, learning something new, setting goals and dealing with conflict. In other words, the life skills learned are useful for the participants both on and off the golf course. TFT is also a nationally recognized brand name, which helps the MGA promote its programs locally.

Does the MGA own The First Tee satellite facilities in Springfield, Lynnfield and on Cape Cod?
No. In yet another example of partnership, the MGA has established relationships with local golf facilities in Springfield (Fenway Golf Center) and Lynnfield (Reedy Meadow Golf Course) to provide The First Tee of Massachusetts programming. These facilities are independent, but the MGA provides funding and training expertise so that the facility staff and volunteers are able to conduct TFT training to more than 400 participants annually.

Does the MGA have expansion plans?
Yes, over the next three years the MGA hopes to open three more The First Tee of Massachusetts facilities in the following regions: Boston and Worcester.

How are the MGA Junior Golf Programs different from the AJGA?
Quite a bit! The AJGA is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to the growth of young men and women who aspire to earn college golf scholarships through competitive junior golf. The AJGA mission is starkly different than that of the MGA Junior Golf Program, as we are interested in using the game of golf as a vehicle to teach values and bring opportunity to those who might otherwise never have an opportunity to play the game. Aside from hosting our Massachusetts Junior Championship, the MGA does have plans to hopefully establish a junior sectional golf program that will serve more as grass-roots level competition for new players to the game.

Does the MGA still run continuing education programs?
Yes. During the winter months the MGA Junior Golf Program runs ForeKids Golf Programs in Boston (CityGolf and Boys & Girls Club of Boston), Springfield ( Springfield College and Western New England College ), Braintree (Golfers Warehouse), Chelmsford ( Bill Pappas Golf School ), and Salem (Salem Boys & Girls Club). In total, 500 children took part in our continuing education program in 2005-06. These winter programs are essential elements of our MGA Junior Golf Program as they a) serve as an extension of our summer programming and b) provide children and youth groups with access to our programs during the winter months.

Does the MGA reach out to other groups?
The MGA Junior Golf Program annually hosts clinics for the Perkins and Carroll Schools for the Blind. This is yet another example of how our program reaches out to a variety of youth and community groups and how our curriculum is adaptable to children of all needs and backgrounds.

What youth groups do we currently work with?
The following is a list of participating youth groups that take part in the MGA Junior Golf Programs: Assabet Valley Boys & Girls Club, Cape Cod Boys & Girls Club, Brockton Boys & Girls Club, Metro West Boys & Girls Club, Plymouth Boys & Girls Club, Greater Lowell Boys & Girls Club, Boston (South Boston and Blue Hill Ave Clubs) Boys & Girls Clubs, Greater New Bedford Boys & Girls Club, Taunton Boys & Girls Club, Hockomock YMCA (Mansfield, Franklin, Foxboro & North Attleboro), Attleboro YMCA (Attleboro, Norton), Old Colony YMCA (Brockton), New Bedford YMCA, YMCA – Springfield, YMCA – Holyoke, Reading Parks & Recreation Department Brockton Parks & Recreation Department, Saugus Parks & Recreation Department, Peabody Parks & Recreation Department, Lynnfield Parks & Recreation Department, Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center, Dunbar Community Center, Urban League of Springfield and Springfield Housing Authority.

Where can people learn more about our junior program and MGA Junior Golf Fund?
For more info rmation about our programs, interested individuals are encouraged to visit the following web sites:
The MGA Junior Golf Fund: www.MGAlinks.org
MGA Links at Mamantapett : www.mamantapett.com
The First Tee of Massachusetts : www.thefirstteemass.org

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