CJGA and ParaGolf Canada Partner to Build Junior Integration Program
-ParaGolf Canada Members to Play in Select CJGA Events-
Richmond Hill, Ontario (February 22, 2022) – The Canadian Junior Golf Association (CJGA) is excited to announce a partnership with ParaGolf Canada for our 2022 Season, which will integrate ParaGolf Canada Members into select CJGA events.
This partnership will build upon ParaGolf Canada’s Junior Integration Program, which was developed to provide opportunities for Canadian junior golfers to be exposed to a disability-positive environment that will help them become more aware, compassionate, and helpful adults.
“It is an honour to partner with ParaGolf Canada to extend their Junior Integration Program,” said CJGA Founder and CEO Earl Fritz, “Todd and ParaGolf Canada have built an incredible program that has played an integral role in developing our youth to be more understanding, aware and compassionate to individuals with disabilities. We are excited to fuse this program into our CJGA events and help them in growing disability-positive environments.”
“ParaGolf Canada is proud to partner with the Canadian Junior Golf Association, the largest development tour in Canada,” said ParaGolf Canada Founder and CEO Todd Keirstead, “By focusing on play, the ParaGolf Canada Junior Integration Program will be helping to build a future where people of all abilities are not viewed by their perceived inabilities, but celebrated for their strengths by our next generation,” says Keirstead. “The value of enabling and empowering todays juniors towards inclusion and diversity is extremely important.”
The ParaGolf Canada Junior Integration Program was developed to provide opportunities for Canadian junior golfers to be exposed to a disability-positive environment that will help them become more aware, compassionate, and helpful adults. ParaGolf Canada will be fusing ParaGolf Canada members into Canadian Junior Golf Association Tour events through their Junior Integration Program.
“It is important that we engage ParaGolf Canada members in explaining disabilities to our junior golfers. They should be the ones to determine the message conveyed,” says Keirstead. “The sooner we expose our youth to disability, the more easily we will start to create a ripple effect of inclusivity and acceptance.”
About ParaGolf Canada
ParaGolf Canada is a ground breaking initiative that creates pathways for Canadians of all abilities to advance in golf. Through golf, ParaGolf Canada wants individuals with disabilities to become actively engaged in the social fabric of their community, and to derive the health benefits that enhance the quality of life by creating an environment that empowers, inspires and encourages individuals to strive to achieve their own goals and live life to the fullest regardless of their ability.
About the Canadian Junior Golf Association
The Canadian Junior Golf Association (CJGA) is a “registered Canadian amateur athletic association” (RCAAA) non-for-profit registered federally with Revenue Canada. The CJGA is dedicated to providing Canada’s junior golfers with the necessary skills and knowledge required to lay a foundation for a future in competitive golf.
Through its six-stage competitive development program that focuses on tournaments, clinics, international competitions, and mentoring programs with PGA Tour professionals, the CJGA
introduces the game to juniors as young as five and offers competitive multi-day events for the more advanced golfer. The CJGA acts as a feeder system to provincial and national competitions, collegiate and university golf, as well as professional and recreational golf.