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Sun City Center resident launches program pairing young golfers with seniors


Published:   |   Updated: February 7, 2014 at 10:00 AM

SUN CITY CENTER – A longtime golfing advocate is seeking committee members and volunteers for a new program that will pair young golfers with senior citizens interested in learning the game.

Sun City Center resident Delia Skye is the executive director of the St. Petersburg-based nonprofit Kids Green Grass Golf Inc., which provides golf equipment to schools so physical education teachers can teach youngsters the game. For the past six years, Kids Green Grass Golf has been helping the Pinellas County School System incorporate golf into its physical education curriculum.

More recently, Skye partnered with the national Starting New at Golf development program for children ages 5 to 8 to form Jack Nicklaus Learning Leagues in after-school programs through the Florida Youth Conservation Centers Network.

“My mission is to inspire a lifestyle incorporating the culture of golf,” said Skye. “Golf isn't limited to the old-boy network anymore. It's moving toward becoming a mainstream recreational activity for the entire family.”

Now Skye is turning her attention to introducing the game of golf to the growing population of senior citizens in the area with the help of young golfers.

“It starts with kids. They are the new ambassadors of golf,” said Skye. “So my vision is for 6-, 7- and 8-year-olds to share their experience with seniors.”

Skye, herself, didn't begin golfing until she was in her 40s. Now 69, she founded the Executive Women's Golf Association in Washington, D.C.

“It's a safe, fun game that anyone can play,” said Skye.

And a pricey country club membership isn't a prerequisite to enjoying the game, she said.

“We have kids learning and playing golf on playgrounds.”

As a Sun City Center resident, Skye said it was only natural that she would find a way to incorporate the senior population into her nonprofit.

“Children can be wonderful teachers,” she said. “My goal is to connect kids with seniors who want to play the game, build relationships and get out and enjoy nature.”

Skye is currently seeking volunteers and committee members for her new initiative. Anyone interested in helping her start the program can contact her at (727) 560-9823 or kidsgreengrassgolf@me.com.

D'Ann Lawrence White is a freelance writer who can be reached at dann.white3@gmail.com.

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