LIHU‘E — The Hawaii State Junior Golf Association (HSJGA) and First Tee – Hawaii have received a generous grant from United Services Automobile Association (USAA) to provide more opportunities to families with military affiliation through golf, and also play an important role in challenging racial equity issues around the country.
The USAA grant will cover enrollment fees for HSJGA membership, various island association memberships and access to one First Tee – Hawaii session throughout 2021. Additionally, Leilehua Golf Course will be a new Military First Tee location on Oahu and the state will see an increased offering of community programs and events in underserved areas over the next three years.
“We are so grateful for this commitment from USAA as they continue to support their members and lift up communities in need. In Hawaii, we are committed to opening the door to new opportunities and character building experiences and this partnership helps us continue our mission and tackle the many challenges around access and affordability. Our intent is to reach over 1500 new kids through the benefits of this partnership, said Matt Rollins, Executive Director, HSJGA and First Tee-Hawaii.
The support from USAA will continue the mission of the HSJGA and First Tee – Hawaii in which both play an important role of introducing youth to the game of golf and using it as a powerful vehicle to empower kids as they build inner strength and life skills that they can apply to everyday life. Education in diversity, equity and inclusion is also at the heart of the First Tee curriculum and the more coaches, children and volunteers involved in tackling this important topic, the better our communities will be in the future.