Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Hockomock YMCA: TPC Boston Hosts Integration Initiative Golf Clinic

This summer, TPC Boston hosted two golf clinics for members of the Hockomock Area YMCA’s Integration Initiative. Participants were given tips from the best, receiving instruction in putting, chipping, and full swing from professional staff at TPC Boston. Later, the newly trained golfers hit the links and played a few holes on the championship course, the same course that will host the best players in the world on Labor Day weekend for the Deutsche Bank Championship.

Among the participants were some of Franklin’s shining stars: Datta Baplata, Peter Willis, and Douglas McNulty. They were joined by Hockomock Area YMCA staff, additional members of the Integration Initiative, as well as Patriots Legend Steve King and several other generous donors who support the Initiative.

Peter Willis
Peter Willis

This is the fourth year that TPC Boston has hosted these clinics. While many of the participants were golfing for the first time, some of the kids had years of experience and were excited to return. Hockomock Area YMCA President Ed Hurley observed how some of the participants “have been playing for several years now as a result of this experience.” The golfers from the Integration Initiative have developed their game so much that the Hockomock Y was able to start a 20-person integrated golf team in 2014, a program which is still going strong.

Dave Baplata
Dave Baplata
The day, however, was not over after the golfers finished the course. They were treated to some pizza provided by Domino’s and then given a special surprise: tickets to the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston. Hurley smiled as he commented on how the kids would watch the best players in the world “and they can tell their friends they played on the same course.”

“I want to thank everybody at TPC Boston…for doing this again for us every year. It’s something the kids look forward to and we look forward to. It’s a great day for our Y and the kids and our Integration Initiative,” said a grateful Ed Hurley. The Hockomock YMCA is proud to have experienced another successful golf clinic thanks to TPC Boston and the Integration Initiative.
Doug McNulty and Cody Martin
Doug McNulty and Cody Martin

The Hockomock Y’s Integration Initiative has been at work for 11 years, fostering an environment of inclusion and respect for young people with special needs. The Initiative has positively impacted over 700 families, a number which grows more and more every year thanks to events like the TPC golf clinic.

About Hockomock Area YMCA:

Where Cause Meets Community. At the Hockomock Area YMCA, strengthening community is our cause. The Hockomock Area YMCA is an organization of men, women, and children sharing a commitment to nurture the potential of kids, promote healthy living, and foster a sense of social responsibility.

Our YMCA is committed to partnering and collaborating with others to create and deliver lasting personal and social change in the 15 communities we are privileged to serve. The Hockomock Area YMCA is a not-for-profit charitable cause-driven organization with facilities in North Attleboro, Foxboro, Franklin, and Mansfield. For more information visit hockymca.org.

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