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New Partnership to bring Golf In School Initiative to Shawnee Mission Students

The Shawnee Mission School District and the Midwest Section of the Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA) are pleased to announce an exciting partnership to bring a new program to Shawnee Mission students.

The Midwest Section of the PGA’s Starting New at Golf (SNAG) in School program will be a part of the Shawnee Mission School District physical education curriculum starting in the fall of 2015. Matthew Johnson, director of student activities and athletics reports that more than 20,000 students in elementary and middle schools have the chance to learn golfing skills through the SNAG in School program.

“We are very grateful to the Midwest Section of the PGA for providing this opportunity for our students,” Johnson said. “SNAG in School will enrich and provide a new element to our physical education programs and supports the Shawnee Mission School District’s ongoing efforts to promote activity and a culture of wellness in our schools.”

The program is being funded through a grant from the Midwest Section of the PGA, which will help provide equipment for schools and training for educators. The Midwest PGA Foundation is thrilled to welcome the Shawnee Mission School District to the SNAG in School program, Tom Aikmus, PGA professional at Lake Quivira said. Aikmus and Matt Murdoch, PGA teaching professional at Mission Hills Country Club, will serve as task force managers of SNAG in Schools for the Shawnee Mission School District.

“Having the opportunity to assist with the introduction of the game of golf and have a positive impact on the lives of nearly 20,000 students within the district is truly exciting,” Aikmus said.  “I know our PGA professionals charged with this very important task are looking forward to partnering with the SMSD to ensure the program’s success.”

Through this partnership, schools will be provided equipment to help facilitate this in-school program.  In early August, Shawnee Mission physical education teachers will work with professional golf coaches to learn how to teach SNAG in Shawnee Mission schools.

In addition to teaching students the fundamental skills of playing golf, the SNAG in Schools program curriculum also addresses elements of sportsmanship as well as other subject areas including science and math. As the program is implemented throughout the year, teachers will continue to work collaboratively with program coaches and SNAG in school program directors to help ensure the program’s ongoing success.