Women's Golf Hosts Clinic for "Girls Inc."

Contact: Reilly Horan ’13

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The Amherst women's golf team is already planning
to hold a second clinic with Girls Incorporated.

AMHERST, Mass. – On Saturday, Mar. 31, the Amherst College women’s golf team welcomed seven girls from Girls Incorporated of Holyoke, to teach them the importance of learning new things and practicing hard.

Girls Inc. is a national nonprofit made up of a network of local organizations that work to empower young women and inspire them to be “strong, smart, and bold.” It also helps to form one of the Amherst College Center for Community Engagement’s biggest partnerships, with almost 50 Amherst tutors participating each week.

Each member of Amherst’s team was paired with one of the girls from Girls Inc. at the golf facility in Alumni Gymnasium. The veteran golfers taught the youngsters how to hold a club, swing properly and putt with finesse through even the toughest obstacle courses the team threw at them.

Throughout the clinic, the girls had fun while challenging themselves with a new skill, learning about the importance of dedication, and making some new friends in the Amherst athletics department.

Irene Hickey ’13, a member of Amherst’s golf team and an Athletics Liaison for the Center for Community Engagement, was the event’s primary organizer. “Our goal was to introduce girls with no familiarity with golf to the basic components of the game,” she says. “Overall, we were met with very high success. Small numbers proved to be really helpful, since working one-on-one made sure each girl got enough attention and feedback. The girls responded very excitedly every time a putt went in and a ball was air-born. We really tried to point out successes and strengths of every girl.”

The women’s golf team has already begun planning a second clinic with Girls Inc. If you or a teammate is interested in hosting a sports clinic for a local community partnership, please contact the Athletics Liaisons. If you are interested in working specifically with Girls Inc., contact Sarah Yee '13 or Samanta English ’15.

Reilly Horan ’13 is one of three Athletics Liaisons for the Center for Community Engagement.
Athletics Liaisons connect athletes and coaches to the resources of the CCE and work to
create a sustainable culture of service within the Athletics Department. 

If your team is looking for community engagement projects
,
contact Roshard Bryant ’13 or Irene Hickey ’13 for advice and resources.
Or, visit them at the Keefe Campus Center during their office hours (Fridays, 10 a.m. to noon).

If your team just completed a community engagement event
, contact Reilly Horan ’13
so that the campus can become more aware of what your team is doing to get involved.