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Team effort at Deutsche Bank Championship makes for a great start to school year

PGA TOUR member Roberto Castro helps assemble backpacks at the Sept. 1 event.

September 1, 2016

By Doug Milne, PGA TOUR Staff

The goal of the fast-paced competition was to rise above as the team could fill the most backpacks with school supplies in a designated amount of time.

The winners of the race, though, weren’t on any team and they weren’t the fastest. They were the neediest and cherished the idea of taking their time with every single item in the backpack given to them.

In keeping with the spirit of giving back which defines the Deutsche Bank Championship, PGA TOUR players and members of the PGA TOUR Wives Association joined forces with Deutsche Bank and local students who are part of the Earl Woods Scholars program again this year for the “Golf gives backPACK CHALLENGE.” The donations of school supplies stuffed into new backpacks were the children of the Norton Public School system.

With brand new backpacks provided by Samsonite and all school supplies donated by CVS Health, TOUR members David Lingmerth, Roberto Castro and Kevin Streelman helped PGA TOUR Wives Association members arm students with some of the most basic, yet most important, necessities to survive and thrive in the classroom.

“As a father of two, things like this mean so much more and give me a whole new perspective,” said PGA TOUR member Kevin Streelman. “I just think it shows the integrity and class of the PGA TOUR. We don’t just come into a city and tournament and take and try to win a tournament. We actually give back and leave a bit of a legacy. I think that is what sets us apart from other organizations.

PGA TOUR Wives Association President, Meagan Laird

“It’s really easy to forget week to week what goes on behind the scenes which make such a positive impact on communities where our tournaments are held,” said PGA TOUR member Roberto Castro. “We can all remember being kids and the excitement of starting school off and hopefully something like this can give them the same excitement. Hopefully, it will be one of the springboards for a great year for them.”

“I am proud to be a part of the PGA TOUR,” said Streelman. “It’s such a small thing for us to do, but means so much to the kids. It will hopefully get them off to the right start and headed down the right path in their school year.”

“Little things can go a long way,” added Castro. “Setting kids up with stuff like this when they start school, it can affect their whole year or even their entire education. So, hopefully this will help do that.”

“It was so great to partner with the Tiger Woods Foundation and Deutsche Bank Championship to pack backpacks with school supplies for these kids,” said PGA TOUR Wives Association President Meagan Laird. “We had a great turnout and didn’t let the rain interfere. It was extra special to have some of the Earl Woods scholars on hand to help us, as well.”

“This is a heck of a way to start a school year. We appreciate it so much,” said Joseph Baeta, Norton Public Schools Superintendent. “We have over 2,500 students. I want to thank the PGA TOUR and the Tiger Woods Foundation for everything they have done for us through the years. It has been a long and healthy relationship. The biggest thing about today is that it truly is giving back to this community. We appreciate it so much.”

Now that the Deutsche Bank Championship is underway, the players must get back to work. And thanks to those players, the PGA TOUR Wives Association and Tiger Woods Foundation, a lot of kids will now be able to get back to work of their own.    

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