Registration is now open for the 8th Annual Swing Fore A Child’s Place golf tournament on October 14, 2019 at the Peninsula Club. By partnering with A Child’s Place, either as a tournament sponsor, player or volunteer, you are ensuring that A Child’s Place will have the much-needed resources to consistently serve the many homeless students attending Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools.

Tournament Player & Team Registration

Tournament play begins at noon., with a catered lunch starting at 11:30 a.m.  In addition to tournament contests, players will also have the chance to vie for exclusive raffle prizes.

Registration is $250 per player and includes: Golf tournament, lunch before golf, heavy hors d’oeuvres after golf and prizes.

Non-golfers who want to support the cause also can participate by making a donation HERE.

All proceeds from the tournament go directly to A Child’s Place, a local non-profit working to erase the impact of homelessness on Charlotte children and their education.  Over the past eight years, Swing Fore has raised over 1 million dollars for children and families served by A Child’s Place.

For general tournament information, contact
Jennifer Sidden at jennifersidden@gmail.com

About Swing Fore

The Swing Fore A Child’s Place golf tournament, organized and run solely by volunteers, has raised $1.14 million for A Child’s Place over the last 7 years. Last year’s tournament brought in over $200,000, and the organizers are hopeful this year’s tourney will be just as successful.

“Our sponsors, players and
volunteers are so generous because they really believe in the mission of A
Child’s Place. No child should ever have to go to school wondering where they
are going to sleep that night,” says Swing Fore founder Jennifer Sidden.

Jennifer and her husband Curt started Swing Fore in 2012, after visiting a summer camp that A Child’s Place was hosting for the children it served. They were impressed by the program, which allowed homeless children a safe place to spend their summer days while also offering academic support, but wondered why there were only 100 campers when there were so many more in need. The answer, not surprisingly, was funding, so the couple committed to raising the money to fund another camp site for an additional 50 children.

“On the way home from the camp, Curt and I talked about what we could do to make a difference and he suggested a golf tournament. It sounded like quite a leap to me, but we pulled some friends together and plunged in,” Jennifer said. Friends Chris and Melanie Bradle and Jay and Emily Brinkley were enthusiastic about the idea and jumped in to help.

“We were packing snack bags
for A Child’s Place once a month as a family when Jen asked us to help with the
tournament,” Melanie says. “We loved the organization and loved the idea of
doing more to help. And we loved the idea of doing something fun with our
friends that would benefit others.”

The first tournament, held at
River Run Country Club, was a success, with$90,000 raised,more than enough
to open a third camp site that summer.

“We were thrilled,” Jennifer
says. “It didn’t take much to decide we had to do it again, and then again and
again and again. Each year got a little bigger and a little bigger until last
year we raised about $237,000. We’ve added things each year and now we have the
Party on the Putting Green with a DJ, food and drinks and putting contests. We
have a band at the end of the day so the golfers can unwind with food and music
while they wait for the scoring. We have a raffle with some really great
prizes. It’s just a great day and everyone there is there to make a difference
in the lives of homeless kids.”

Now preparing for the 8th
annual tournament on Oct. 14 at the Peninsula Club, the Swing Fore team is in
full planning mode.

“We are blessed that our
friends and family have really rallied around this cause and keep on volunteering
to help,” Jennifer says. “Chris Bradle spends a ton of time handling all the
design and printing work, as well as setting up and managing the electronic
payment system. Melanie helps with details from volunteers to food to the DJ,
Jay handles a lot of the golf details, Emily wears a lot of hats and so many of
our friends volunteer year after year on the day of the event to make it all
run smoothly.”

Swing Fore has been a family effort too. The Sidden’s 15-and 12-year-old sons, Abraham and Mack, began playing in the tournament as soon as they were old enough to play a full round, and they help with set up the day of the event. The Bradle’s 15-year-old, Keely, doesn’t golf but also started coming to help out in recent years. And the Sidden boys neighborhood friends have been helping put together the player swag bags before the event for years.

“We’ll have 10 elementary, middle
school and now high school boys in the basement running an assembly line. It’s
a crazy mess of fun!” Jennifer says, noting that they also have a 9-year-old
who asks year after year when he will be old enough to help on tournament day. “Our kids have grown up with
this tournament and our commitment to the mission of A Child’s Place being a
big focus for us. Maybe one day they’ll take over running it,” Curt says.

A Child’s Place no longer holds its own summer camp, instead connecting the kids they serve to other camps and programs, but Swing Fore has continued to support ACP’s critical work by funding their staffing at some of the schools with the highest numbers of homeless children.

“We’ve watched our own
children progress through CMS and it breaks our hearts to think of our
children’s peers sleeping in their cars or trying to study for a test in an
overcrowded shelter so we want to do what we can to help ACP change that
story,” Jennifer said.

An ACP board member since 2014, Jennifer just
concluded a year-long term as president of the board and is serving her 7th
year as a board member.

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