The program provides both short-term and long-term benefits for the children that participate. The golf experience teaches a new skill while at the same time encouraging other qualities that the game of golf celebrates - etiquette and respect, rules and self-policing, sportsmanship and getting along with others. Exposure to golf gets those who have special skills on the right track. Several years ago, the program even became long-term for one female participant when her natural ability and good attitude was recognized and the McCleery Golf Academy offered her a space in an ongoing junior group program at no cost. Her instructor has worked with the girl’s parents to get some equipment at a reasonable cost.
Every year the Inner City Youth program is faced with a new set of challenges. “We have been able to meet these thus far and move forward, with the goal of providing disadvantaged children with the opportunity to learn to play this wonderful game of golf, and at the same time give them a chance to have a very positive life experience. This is more than a typical golf camp for kids. Our aim is to make a difference in a kid’s life, even if it is for only one week each year. That will always be our main focus.” said Muncie. “It is pretty obvious that this is a labour of love for me, and I derive a great deal of satisfaction and enjoyment from being involved.”
The program is always in a fundraising stage in order to meet the annual $12,000 budget and is now able to provide an official tax receipt to any individual who wishes to contribute. There are no administrative costs to the program, as Muncie donates his time. This means that 100% of the monies raised go directly to covering the operational costs of the program.