“Serve Day” is an annual day of service at George Fox University. The entire campus closes for the day, and the entire student body, faculty and staff go out into the community to “give back to others” and enlarge our opportunity to participate in service activities throughout the year. Our Women’s golf team, along with the Men’s golf team and some other coaches and athletic staff, went to The Children’s Course in Gladstone, Oregon for the day. The course is a non-profit, par 3, nine-hole course that is affiliated with the First Tee national organization. The course offers numerous programs which focus on teaching life values through the game of golf to various youth organizations, including disadvantaged and special needs groups.
We started the day with a wonderful breakfast on the campus lawn featuring an inspirational band and a few words from our President, Robin Baker. Then, we bagged our own lunches and took off for the course where we met and helped work with 16 children. Our word for the day was “respect” which is one of the important nine “core values” of the First Tee. We helped the kids understand how to respect one another both on and off the golf course.
After the 2 hour teaching session, we took a break for lunch and a held a quick 4 hole match between the men’s and women’s golf teams! Guess who won? That’s right–girls rule! Then, we changed into work clothes and we were off to work on other projects for the course, including painting the Learning Center, sanding and seeding the tee boxes, raking up leaves and sorting thousands of golf balls!! It was a lot of maintenance that the course needed and couldn’t afford to hire out! After a long but very rewarding day, we drove back to campus where we took part in a huge outside celebration! It was a great day, and although the campus will not close in the future this academic year (unless of course for snow!), our team will continue to reach out and serve others!