By Yazmin Alvarez
Golfers hitting the green at Shandin Hills Golf Club recently did more than put the day away – they teed off in support of Rialto youth programs.
Rialto Youth Collaborative held its third annual golf tournament Aug. 15 at the club, and this year’s drive offered players a chance to show off more than just their swing.
The tournament, an 18-hole scramble that included
dinner and awards, came with a twist as it was a Hawaiian themed event. City officials, dignitaries, business owners and community members of all skill levels not only aimed for a hole in one, but also record time for hula hooping and even a little limbo.
Several holes on the course offered golfers an extra activity for a chance to double, even triple raffle tickets.
But the festive event was more than just a day on the green. It was a chance to highlight Rialto youth programs that help keep children healthy and out of trouble, said Jeremiah Smith, tournament director and recreation programmer with Rialto Recreation and Community Services, who spearheads the collaborative.
The event is RYC’s largest fundraising effort and helps raise thousands for the group, which supports programs such as Fit4Kids Program, Pride Platoon Program, and Fire Explorers Program.
The tournament brought in more than $7,000 for the programs, Smith added.
The event closed out with a performance from Eisenhower High School’s Pacific Islander group, dinner and awards.
Yazmin Alvarez is a reporter with Inland Empire Community Newspapers and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.