Iowa PGA Swings with Kids

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Iowa PGA Swings with Kids

The Iowa PGA Foundation is currently in the process of implementing golf instruction within school districts which reside within the state of Iowa and/or Iowa PGA Section boundaries.  The Swings with Kids program will introduce the game of golf with the direction of Iowa PGA Professionals inside physical education classes.  Students will learn about golf and will also benefit from the numerous life skills that the game of golf offers.

The Iowa PGA Foundation is currently conducting a pilot program which will ultimately help develop a comprehensive blueprint that will be replicated throughout the state of Iowa and Western Illinois.  Following the pilot program, the Swings with Kids system will be offered to all schools within the Iowa PGA Section boundaries.

The vision for the Iowa PGA Foundation Swings with Kids program is “Helping kids excel by introducing them to the life skills that the game of golf provides”. These life skills include character, honesty, integrity, respect, perseverance, and cooperation. Our goal is simply for children to “try golf”.


                                        Equipment Used:



Golf Xtreme


Plastic golf equipment specifically designed for
children in 
Kindergarten-5th Grade. 

Real golf equipment specifically designed for
children in Grades 6-8th to be exposed to more
advanced golf technique.


Both kits feature specialized equipment designed for children, making golf accessible, safe, and fun! The kits also come with a complete curriculum for PE teachers, including daily activities and instruction techniques. The curriculum is designed to be all-inclusive, making it easy for PE teachers to learn and implement, even if they have little-to-no golf experience.


We also envision the involvement of local PGA professionals as a resource for the PE teachers. There are opportunities for field trips or events at local golf facilities.

One of the primary reasons the Iowa PGA Foundation chose the Tri-Golf and Golf Xtreme equipment is that it is high-quality equipment and curriculum at an affordable price. Since PE classes share equipment, each school generally only needs 1 bag. Many school districts do not have enough of a PE budget to purchase the equipment for their schools. Iowa PGA Professionals are working within their communities to raise funds for the Swings with Kids program. The school districts that do not have a local PGA Professional, however, need your help. The Iowa PGA Foundation does not want a lack of funding to be the reason why golf cannot be a part of PE curriculum.


What you can do:

Sponsor a school – $700 for an Elementary (Tri-Golf) and $1,250 for a Junior High (Golf Xtreme)

Donate to your District – Funds will be earmarked for the area that you choose

Give to the General Fund – Funds will be designated for the Swings with Kids program, helping to support unsponsored schools.

Donate to Golf in Schools Fund


The Iowa PGA Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization, so all your donations are tax deductible.


Marshall Elementary School is comprised of 70% of its students on free and reduced lunches. This and other factors contribute to only a handful of students having any previous exposure to the game of golf. Being a golfer myself and having assisted in teaching junior golf lessons, in the past, it was great to see my students have the opportunity to learn more about the game of golf. The equipment and the instruction was very appropriate for beginning golfers. Students were excited to have the opportunity to learn that there’s more to golf than just stepping up and swinging away. We are happy the the DCSD and sponsoring partners have provided us with the opportunity to expose kids to this life-long sport as part of our PE curriculum. Additionally, we were very grateful to Jeremy Hawkins for working with our students and enhancing the instruction with his background in teaching young people about golf.
Joe Maloney, Principal - Marshall Elementary School
The DCSD has had wonderful success with the snag golf equipment in our 13 elementary schools. We are so appreciative of the PGA professionals in our area that worked to get the money to allow us to add golf into our elementary physical education curriculum. We have found that many of our students in our downtown schools have never had the opportunity to play golf. Having the equipment that is kid friendly has many of our students talking about the game of golf. As they walk into the gym and see the stations set up, the bright colors of the equipment,and fun activities, they have been very eager to learn and have been extremely engaged in the different activities. Thanks again to the PGA Professionals in the Dubuque area.
Amy Hawkins, Athletic Director - Dubuque Community School District
I saw the students grow in their understanding of the game, as well as the appreciation of all the hard work that each person put it. There was a lot cheering and encouraging when someone had a great shot. The sportsmanship that the kids learned in such a short time was amazing!
Luke Reynolds, Kids on Course Site Coordinator at Harrison Elementary in Cedar Rapids


Donate to Golf in Schools Fund