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Sask.’s Graham DeLaet continues to drive home Golf in Schools program

PGA Tour star Graham DeLaet continues to drive home support for grassroots golf in his home province of Saskatchewan. File / Global News

PGA Tour star Graham DeLaet continues to drive home support for grassroots golf in his home province. It was announced Tuesday that he has adopted 37 Saskatchewan schools into the Golf in Schools program.

Funding was raised by the 2013 Graham DeLaet Charity Golf Classic event held in conjunction with Golf Saskatchewan. Four of the schools added are in his hometown of Weyburn.

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“We are very proud to help grow the game in my home province by bringing it to so many students,” said DeLaet.

“We are excited to help teach the values of golf to youth in Saskatchewan and look forward to seeing some future stars born through the program.”

Launched in 2009, Golf in Schools introduces elementary and high school students to the sport. It provides kids with equipment and basic introduction through the Canadian school physical education curriculum.

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Currently, over 2,700 schools are participating in the program across the country, representing approximately 306,000 students.

With the additional 37 adoptions, Golf in Schools is now in over 70 per cent of Saskatchewan schools, according to national sports organization Golf Canada.

“There are still a number of schools without the program, which we intend to reach through the help of our great supporters, including Graham and Ruby,” said Jeff Thompson, Golf Canada’s chief sport officer.

In June, DeLaet became an ambassador of Golf in Schools but his support dates to back to 2014 when he, with his wife Ruby, launched their very own charitable foundation.

The Graham and Ruby DeLaet Foundation is focused on improving children’s health and getting more kids golfing. One of its main initiatives is the annual “Graham Slam” charity event which last took place in Saskatoon this past summer.

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