Gladstone, OR. The Children’s Course golf program is growing and offering more opportunities for at-risk kids. Construction is underway on a new learning center which will expand after-school mentoring services to underprivileged kids who love golf. The Executive Director of the nonprofit, Marti Loeb, says over the past three years the course has experienced 33% growth in the number of rounds played and last year alone 6,200 were played. The course offers a variety of options for kids to play golf and is particularly focused on bringing the game of golf to underprivileged, at-risk, low to moderate-income and special needs youth.

In addition to open play for kids, the Children’s Course offers six specialized programs including a Girls Golf Program which offers opportunities for girls to be introduced to the game and explore an interest in a setting that promotes positive and comfortable learning with other girls. That program is sponsored by the LPGA-USGA.

The Children’s Course is located between the Clackamas and Willamette Rivers in Gladstone. It originally opened for play as Rivergreens Golf Course in 1961 as an 18-hole, par 3 course. In 1989, following the development of apartments on the perimeter, the course was redesigned into a 9-hole, par 3 course. Then in 1996 Children’s Course founder, Duncan Campbell, launched the program hoping to use golf to provide positive youth development.

The Children’s Course eventually partnered with the national organization, The First Tee and has embraced its Core Values: to impact the lives of kids ages 4-18 by providing learning facilities and educational programs. The game of golf helps to instill integrity and make people of rich character.

The mentor program was designed to provide leadership and role models for kids who may not have ready access to personal guidance. Mentors believe, “The program produces tangible results—participants get help in applying to colleges and technical schools. The game of golf affords a holistic learning experience that teaches interpersonal skills, sportsmanship, etiquette, self-control, mental discipline as well as physical skills. Students learn to be responsible and develop a sense of judgment as they evaluate actions and their consequences.”

The Children’s Course also offers adaptive exposure clinics to participants of area school districts with varying degrees of mental use cognitive or intellectual disabilities.

From The Children’s Course:

The Children’s Course is a non-profit and is funded by private donations from foundations, corporations, and individuals. The golf course is home to the First Tee of Greater Portland, which provides young people with character-building and life skills lessons using golf as the platform.

We are focused on the personal growth of each child who enters the program. We are there to help each child recognize their potential. We help develop positive, contributing members to our community.

Join us for our annual gala! Here’s the information:

16th Annual Wine & Golf Ball Gala Wednesday, April 15th Hilton Portland Downtown – 921 SW 6th Ave, Portland, OR 97204 Benefiting: The Children’s Course/The First Tee of Greater Portland 19825 River Rd. Gladstone, OR 97027 Tax id: 93-1212530

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