A premier golf training program for young people who would not normally have the opportunity to participate in the game. Our fun and active program at Foothill Golf Course will include hands-on instruction from certified PGA professionals and the best technology and equipment in the game. In addition to state-of-the-art golf simulators and a 9-hole golf course, our junior golfers will use brand new clubs from top manufacturers and will soon have a new covered driving range. Our approach focuses on developing all aspects of the game — full swing, short game, rules and etiquette — while making sure the lessons are fun and engaging.
Jeff Champ raised a golfer, but he started out as a baseball player. After playing his college ball at San Diego State, he played a couple of years in the Baltimore Orioles and New York Yankees organizations. With that in mind, we will also incorporate baseball into our after school program.
STEM learning will be the foundation of our education program. Our young people will be engaged in activity-based, team-oriented projects that will often connect STEM to the science and physics of golf. Our programs aim to help close the achievement and learning gaps in science, technology, engineering and math in a setting without fear of academic failure. Research has shown that students who participate in STEM learning beyond the classroom are more likely to follow careers in STEM fields.
Our aviation program, which will address airplane basics, aviation careers and the dynamics of flight, will include the opportunity to work on state-of-the-art flight simulators. We want to “light a spark” and show our students that there are many aviation-related jobs that make rewarding careers.
Digital / Social Media
Our digital media program will help our students become the next generation of developers, animators, filmmakers, photographers, and software engineers. They will become versed in cutting-edge concepts and gain experience with the latest equipment in virtual reality, film, photography, and 3D modeling and design.
We believe that giving and service are learned behaviors and that our youth have a responsibility to make the world a better place. Through a philanthropy-education and service-learning curriculum, we will equip our students with the skills and strategies to react to negative situations with positive actions. Our young people will not only be focused on achieving for themselves, but also on giving back to their communities.
The primary goal of the foundation’s mentoring program will be to help our students develop meaningful relationships with mentors who are equipped to address the unique challenges facing our young men and women.
We will challenge our mentors and volunteers to engage our young men and women as learners and doers. Our mentors will conduct lessons and activities with the students to promote dialogue and teamwork to stimulate candor, reflection and learning for everyone.
Our mentors have a knowledge of and passion for our core focus areas — golf, baseball, STEM, education, and healthy living.