Golf for Kids Draws Largest Turnout in Nearly a Decade
CHICAGO, IL (June 14, 2010) – This year’s 16th annual Golf for Kids fundraising event and partnership between North Park University and the Chicago Bears drew the course capacity of 144 golfers, the largest turnout to the event in nearly a decade. Held on June 9, at the Chevy Chase Country Club in Wheeling, Ill., for the sixth consecutive year, Golf for Kids supports the University’s programs for urban youth in the neighborhood surrounding the University.
Seventeen current and alumni Chicago Bears attended, including Robbie Gould, Brian McCaskey C’82, Glen Kozlowski, and Jim Keane—at 86, the oldest living Bear—along with five rookies from Montana, USC, Texas A&M Kingsville, Colorado State, and West Texas A&M. Andrew VanStratum, who will join the North Park golf team as a freshman next fall, came from Cookeville, Tennessee with his family to join the North Park team on the course.
Sponsors included Toronto-based Stone & Co. Limited, who generously supplied athletic socks for each golfer’s bag. Wilson Golf provided a sleeve of golf balls for each golfer, along with several raffle prizes. The Chicago Bears donated three jerseys autographed by placekicker Robbie Gould, quarterback Jay Cutler, and defensive end Julius Peppers, and joined Cleveland Browns Coach Mike Holmgren in putting together a live auction package that included four tickets to the Chicago Bears vs. Cleveland Browns game in September, along with airfare and lodging.
Director of University Events Susan Gost said of the event, “Our 16-year tradition of Golf for Kids continued with a great day of golf and fellowship with friends of North Park University who generously support our mission to reach out to the youth of the Albany Park community.”