lifelong hobby that promotes great values
Golf has been an important part of the Continuation School P.E. program for the past two years. Physical education teacher Chris Wade promotes it as a great sport for our soon-to-be-graduating seniors because it is a “lifelong hobby that promotes great values,” cultivates “social relationships” and “provides a surprising degree of physical activity.” In fact, recent studies show that an 18-hole round of golf burns more than 2000 calories, dramatically lowers blood glucose levels and is roughly equivalent to a 4 mile run.
The Continuation School program starts with a 4-week unit in which students learn the fundamentals of the chip, pitch, drive and putt shots using introductory equipment and gradually progress to playing modified rounds of golf and hitting with regulation golf clubs. But the real pay-off comes through our partnership with the First Tee of Los Angeles: the Los Angeles chapter of the PGA supported national golf and character education program. Last year they donated more than $3,000 worth of clubs, balls, bags, targets and hitting mats to get our program off the ground. This year they’ve stepped up with an even greater opportunity by giving ICHS students scholarships to their “PLAYer” classes, a golf and character education program. Four Continuation students, including Rigo Rivera and Alex Hernandez-Rivera (pictured above), have already completed the course, which provides eight one-hour lessons with PGA-Professional Coach Sean at nearby Westchester Golf Course and, best of all, a “PLAYer’s Club” card that will allow them to play future rounds of golf for just $1 per round, rental clubs included!