- Posted January 16, 2012 by
Port St. Lucie, Florida
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More Than 1100 Attend Inaugural 'Free Day of Play' at the PGA Center for Golf Learning & Performance
16 Sports Stations for Families and Children were led by Representatives of The PGA of America, Port St. Lucie Mets, Palm Beach Cardinals and i9 Sports
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. – The PGA Center for Golf Learning and Performance hosted more than 1,100 kids and adults for the inaugural “Free Day of Play” on Sat., Jan. 14, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., featuring golf, football, soccer, baseball, basketball and hockey, all in an active family-oriented environment. Kids 17 and under and their families were introduced to a number of sports, all in the spirit of encouraging healthy lifestyles. Throughout the Free Day of Play, golf stations were staffed and led by PGA Professionals, while flag football and soccer activities were organized by i9 Sports. Representatives of the St. Lucie Mets and Palm Beach Cardinals conducted baseball games and instruction, and the Sports Authority organized basketball games and drills.
Based on the Worldwide Day of Play in Washington, D.C., the Free Day of Play enabled families and children to experience a day of fun at the PGA Center for Golf Learning and Performance. There were a total of 16 station activities, which provided a perfect opportunity for athletes of the future to come out and learn more about and enjoy each sport. Meanwhile, there were fun family activities and contests for kids of all ages.
“The Free Day of Play at the PGA Center for Golf Learning and Performance was an incredible opportunity for families to gather in a fun environment, in order to promote an active lifestyle,” said Bob Baldassari, The PGA of America’s senior director for Player Development and general manager of the PGA Center for Golf Learning and Performance. “This was a great event for every child to experience a wide variety of sports activities, in order to inspire healthy living.
We enjoyed giving the St. Lucie community an unforgettable day of fun and games for kids of all ages.” Games and prizes were available to all children throughout the day, and admission was complimentary.
“I9 Sports has had an overwhelming response from the communities for our popular flag football, soccer, and basketball programs these last few years, and we are delighted to introduce more sports for the children, such as golf and baseball, thanks to the partnership with these terrific organizations,” said Joe Greco, program director, i9 Sports. “Collectively, we were very excited to introduce every child to a multitude of sports, and this free day of play was a great way for every parent to get their children involved in the community with numerous first-class organizations. Sports are a great outlet for boys and girls to learn, grow, and develop their skills, which they will use forever, both on and off the fields of play.”
The PGA Center for Golf Learning and Performance is located at 8565 Commerce Center Drive in Port St. Lucie. For more information, call i9 Sports at (772) 285-9664 or www.i9sports.com or contact the PGA Center Golf Learning and Performance at (800) 800-GOLF Ext. 3.