ELIZABETH – Golf is in full swing at Elizabeth Public Schools this fall. Expanding on an already successful golf program in several of the district’s schools, Elizabeth Public Schools is launching golf instruction in all K-8 schools. The expansion program, called Golf in Schools, was made possible through a new partnership with the New Jersey Golf Foundation (NJGF).
Assistant Executive Director of the New Jersey PGA Chris Hunt, Director of Athletics Judy Finch-Johnson, and Elizabeth High School Golf Coach Russ De Maio have been working together since February to launch the Golf in Schools Program in Elizabeth on a grand scale. The Elizabeth Board of Education approved the program in June of this year to provide greater opportunities for sports and fitness to the students of Elizabeth.
Chris Hunt said, “We have been working with a few schools in Elizabeth since 2006 and it only made sense to do everything in our power to bring our Golf in Schools Program to the entire district. The New Jersey Golf Foundation is excited to take on this large project and we are confident the students in Elizabeth will benefit from the golf instruction and life lessons that will be incorporated into their physical education curriculum.”
“New programs like Golf in Schools provide our students with ever-expanding opportunities to strengthen their minds and learn life-long ways of staying physically fit,” said Superintendent of Schools Pablo Muñoz.
Physical education teachers are currently being professionally trained by PGA golf professionals, after which the program will officially begin. Additional on-site support will be provided to schools by the NJGF throughout the 2011-2012 school year.
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