Citywide Banks was the title sponsor of the 2013 Colorado Golf Fundraising Tournament held earlier this week at the CommonGround Golf Course in Aurora. The event raised $20,000 that will help fund youth programs at the Colorado Golf Association (CGA), a nonprofit that works to foster integrity, sportsmanship, and self-discipline for those children who may not otherwise have a chance to benefit from golf. This year’s tournament raised funds to support the Solich Caddie and Leadership Academy, the Golf in Schools program, CGA Outreach Programs, and the Hale Irwin Elite Player Program.
“This year’s tournament featured a lot more opportunity for participants to interact with the kids directly impacted by our programs,” explained Ed Mate, CGA’s executive director. “It’s great to have a local leader like Citywide Banks invested in our mission.”
“Citywide Banks is proud to be associated with this event,” remarked Jeff Schmitz, chief operating officer and executive VP at Citywide Banks. “Most importantly, we are pleased to be a partner in an ongoing initiative that helps Denver’s at-risk kids stay on the right track. The Colorado Golf Association’s program is a great example of how a local charity can connect with kids to help change their lives.”
Using Golf to Change Young Lives
The Colorado Golf Association designed and continues to operate its own public golf course, CommonGround Golf Course, in Aurora to support its mission. Its programs primarily target underprivileged kids in the Denver/Boulder communities. The nonprofit also partners with groups such as Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Girl Scouts of Colorado, Goodwill, Special Olympics, the First Tee, Challenge Foundation, and local schools. Through its Evans Caddie Scholarship program, the organization awards annual scholarships that cover full tuition and housing costs to the University of Colorado.
The following are key programs that will directly benefit from money raised at the 2013 Colorado Golf Fundraising Tournament:
Solich Caddie and Leadership Academy
In May of 2012 the Colorado Golf Association (CGA) launched the Solich Caddie & Leadership Academy at CommonGround Golf Course. The purpose is to provide young men and women with the opportunity to learn and benefit from the great game of golf, not from a book or an introductory junior golf program—but by caddying. Academy participants also assist with junior golf programs at CommonGround, attend weekly leadership classes held by a current Evans Scholar, complete a monthly work log and receive access to CommonGround instruction and play during their free time.
Golf in Schools
Instructors and CGA staff visit Denver area schools to hold workshops with students in grades 2-8. Each class has three in class sessions. During each session they are taught a golf and life skill. The first session focuses on putting and safety, the second session is short swing and respect and the third session is full swing and honesty. After the classes complete the three sessions they are given a pass to play the short course at CommonGround for free for the entire year. If the school can do a field trip to the course the CGA then pays to cover the cost of the bus transportation.
The CGA works with other local nonprofits to bring kids to the CommonGround Golf Course for special group instruction during summer months. Just like the Golf in Schools program, participating kids receive a pass to play the short course for free for the entire year. Recent charity participants included Big Brothers Big Sisters, Special Olympics, Bridges of Silence, The Challenge Foundation, Ronald McDonald House, and Girl Scouts of Colorado.
Hale Irwin Elite Player Program
The idea behind the Hale Irwin Elite Player Program is to take competitive junior players that have talent and drive to enhance their game by giving them access to CommonGround and instruction. These players are selected based on set criteria that identify players with drive and determination. Unlike our other programs this one will not discriminate against juniors that don’t have financial need.
About Citywide Banks
Colorado owned and family operated since 1963, Citywide Banks specializes in commercial lending, deposit accounts and cash management solutions for businesses throughout Denver and Boulder. The bank and its team of more than 250 Front Range employees is a proud supporter of hundreds of local charities through employee volunteering, financial contributions, and social media awareness campaigns. For more information, please visit the bank’s website at www.CitywideBanks.com. Citywide Banks is Member FDIC and an Equal Housing Lender.