LOS ANGELES, CA, USA – (Aug. 24, 2016) Technology and charity shared the stage on Monday, Aug. 15 at the Roy W. Roberts II Watts/Willowbrook Boys & Girls Club. But it was the everlasting smiles on the faces of young children that won the day.
GOLFZON, a world-leading golf simulator company, provided a state-of-the-art golf simulator and brought in Los Angeles native and LPGA star Alison Lee, a GOLFZON Ambassador, for Monday’s presentation. Lee joined NBA All-Star guard Chris Paul and PGA Tour golfer Gary Woodland at the Boys & Girls Club as the simulator was placed in the Dance Studio and new CDW technology was offered in the Technology Room.
“I wouldn’t have gotten a chance to meet people like Chris Paul or Gary Woodland or a chance to be more influential toward kids without golf,” said Lee, who lives in Los Angeles and is completing a degree in Communications at UCLA while playing her second season on the LPGA. “That’s what makes this sport so special to me. And then to attend an event like this where the kids have the opportunity to be introduced to golf on the GOLFZON simulator – that is so cool. And the kids were amazing. That made my day.”
August 15 was the first day of school for many of the approximate 100 Boys & Girls Club children who came to the inner-city Los Angeles site in early afternoon. What awaited was a surprise visit by Paul, whose Chris Paul Family Foundation provided the first new technology for the facility last year in concert with CDW’s Tech Fore! Kids and followed up with the upgrades this week. Lee, Paul and Woodland, a CDW Ambassador, interacted with the kids in golf and basketball games in the gymnasium and transitioned to the GOLFZON simulator in the adjacent Dance Studio. The children stood in line for a chance to talk with the stars and to try their hand at the golf games, provided by The First Tee, and on the simulator.
Paul has experienced the GOLFZON simulator before and was excited about the opportunity for Boys & Girls Clubs participants.
“It is great to have kids in here who maybe haven’t heard much about golf, but surely have never held a golf club in their hands,” Paul said. “They get the chance to hit one good shot and if they do they’ll be hooked, just like I was. A lot of these kids and many adults don’t have four or five hours in a day to play or they don’t have memberships at golf clubs. The simulator gives the kids an opportunity to learn. They can get a lesson on the simulator and learn how to play within this building. That makes it worthwhile for me.”
CDW, a leading provider of technology solutions and services, installed the technology upgrades that included Lenovo tablets and notebooks to support administrative tasks as well as after-school programming for local youth – everything from mentorship and tutoring to career preparedness and the arts.
“We’re thankful to GOLFZON for what they’ve done in giving us this simulator,” said Calvin Lyons, President and CEO of the Metro Los Angeles Boys & Girls Clubs. “To have this type of technology in a community like this where kids aren’t exposed to golf gives them a great opportunity to learn another important skillset. Golf has been a missing element in our clubs. They can now use this skillset here for golf and everything you learn from that and develop great business contacts. These kids can now come in here when no one else is around and practice like crazy.”
The state-of-the-art GOLFZON GDR golf simulator will remain in place in the Dance Studio as Boys & Girls Club employees were tutored on how to instruct the children in their club on the fundamentals of the game and simulator operations.
“GOLFZON is proud to offer this simulator to the Boys & Girls Club here in Los Angeles,” said Tommy Lim, the Senior Vice President of GOLFZON, who was in attendance. “GOLFZON offers the opportunity to introduce golf, technology and math and science all together in one simulator. Watching these children play for the first time gives us a reason to be motivated to introduce GOLFZON simulators and golf to more people.”