ParaGolf Canada and the Durham Junior Golf Tour partner to build the Junior Integration Program
Toronto, Ontario (March 8, 2022) – ParaGolf Canada is excited to announce a partnership with the Durham Junior Golf Tour to implement the ParaGolf Canada Junior Integration Program into an existing Durham Junior Golf Tour event.
This partnership will build upon ParaGolf Canada’s Junior Integration Program, which was developed by Todd Keirstead, Founder/CEO of ParaGolf Canada, to provide opportunities for Canadian junior golfers to be exposed to a disability-positive environment that will help them become more aware, compassionate, and inclusive adults.
“ParaGolf Canada is proud to partner with the Durham Junior Golf Tour. I have seen first hand how the DJGT motivates and educates it junior golfers the values of honesty, integrity, and sportsmanship that last for a lifetime. With the infusion of the ParaGolf Canada members alongside these young athletes, it will help 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.”
“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 Durham Junior Golf Tour
The Durham Junior Golf Tour is celebrating its 30th year of providing the regions premier junior golf series. The programs and goals are designed to provide our Juniors with the opportunity to experience golf under tournament conditions and at the same time, the Juniors are learning the Rules of Golf, building individual character, integrity, meeting new friends and developing sportsmanship. All of this, while having fun! The program runs for three months over the summer season. The tour is open to both male and female golfers, 12 to 18 years of age.
“In addition to tournament play, the Durham Junior Golf Tour provides juniors golfers the ability to learn the fundamentals of the game in a fun and rewarding manner while teaching valuable life lessons. Having the opportunity to work with Todd and ParaGolf Canada to create an inclusive and diverse environment both on and off the golf course is very exciting for both the tour and our members.” – Mathew Iceton (Director of Player Development)
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.