Upcoming 31st Annual The Second Mile Golf Classic raises money for youth programming

Running nine programs without charging the participants a dime is a difficult task.

But The Second Mile, a non-profit organization that challenges young people to achieve their potential as individuals and community members by providing opportunities for them to develop positive life skills and self-esteem, is able to accomplish this feat.

One of the organization’s most important steps in raising money for its programs is The Second Mile Golf Classic. The event, in its 31st year, raises about $140,000 to $150,000 annually.

This year’s tournament will take place from Thursday, June 23, to Saturday, June 25, at the Penn State Blue and White Golf Courses, and will honor the 25th Anniversary of the Penn State Football Team’s 1986 National Championship. It will be led by former Nittany Lions Trey Bauer and Shane Conlan.

The 3-day affair starts Thursday evening with a Welcoming Barbeque, sponsored by Damon’s of State College. Friday and Saturday there are four flights of golfing each day. Breakfasts and lunches at the course are sponsored by Sheetz. Damon’s provides a “surf n turf” dinner Friday evening and Saturday is topped off with a Sponsor Recognition Dinner at the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel.

“Many of our sponsors return each year because of the uniqueness of this event and to enjoy the camaraderie of fellow sponsors and ex-PSU athletes while making a difference in the life of a child,” said Sue Forster, of The Second Mile.

The proceeds from the event allow The Second Mile to reach out to children all over the state, regardless of their ability, appearance, or level of affluence, Forster said.

“These children might arrive with obstacles and difficulties in their lives, but they leave with opportunities and hope,” she said.

Sponsors and participants can get involved at a variety of price levels, starting at $150 and going up to $10,000. Those with questions about sponsorship or participation can contact Forster at sue@thesecondmile.org or (814) 237-1719 ext. 120.

And if you’d like to help the event succeed behind the scenes, you can find volunteer forms here. Prospective volunteers can contact Kim Plummer at (814) 237-1719 ext. 129 or kim@thesecondmile.org.

Sponsors and volunteers are encouraged to register as early as possible, but registrations for both will be taken through June 22nd.


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