“Serve Day” was last Wednesday at George Fox, and it is an annual day of service at the 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. This year, our Women’s golf team, along with our Head Men’s Baseball Coach, Marty Hunter, and Director of Athletic Training, Bethany Goldman, went out 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. It is a part of the First Tee organization.
Before heading to the course, we started the day with a sunrise 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. From the course, we went with The Children’s Course Outreach Director to Ogden Middle School in Oregon City, where we worked with four very sweet special needs children out on their playground. We brought some fun golf equipment, including little plastic bear heads for them to putt into, and then we worked on bringing smiles to their faces. A smile was worth everything!
After the hour teaching session, we headed back to the course to begin our work session on the course!! Let’s just say, my team can work–and we have some serious gals who can rake—in case anyone has lawn projects!! It became a competition to see who could rake most efficiently! We raked pinecones and sanded and seeded all the tee boxes. It was a lot of fun working together as a team to beautify the course!
Then, we took a break for lunch and had a quick 3-hole best ball match–which became very exciting!! Mandy chipped in a “chip off” playoff (against Sarah and Lanee) to send her team with Jill to the final hole against Bri/Abby. The final putt was made by Abby to seal her teams victory!
Then, back to work we went again on our work projects! It was mainly maintenance that the course needed and couldn’t afford to hire out! At 3pm, we had some more special needs kids arrive, so most of our players gave some lessons at the Learning Center and worked with the kids, while others finished off the work on the course.
After a very rewarding (and a bit exhausting!) day, we drove back to campus where we took part in a huge outside celebration! 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! We are proud of what we do, and one day is not enough when we’ve been blessed with so much!
Stay tuned for a lot more photo’s too!