ORLANDO, FLA. – This Earth Day, Central Floridians can put those unwanted golf clubs to good use by participating in the Drive Shack Drive 4 Change initiative and recycling their clubs for a cause.
In partnership with The First Tee of Central Florida and 2nd Swing, the Drive 4 Change campaign kicks off today and runs through May 8. During this time, individuals can swing by Drive Shack Orlando to donate used golf clubs – anything from a single iron to a putter to a full set of clubs – to help benefit The First Tee and support its mission of positively impacting the lives of young people through the game of golf. In return, each person donating clubs will receive FREE BayPlay or a RoboGolfPro lesson with Drive Shack’s PGA Professional.
“The work that The First Tee does in supporting youth development here in Central Florida is truly inspirational and we’re honored to be partnering with them on this club drive to further their cause,” said Ken May, CEO of Drive Shack. “It’s great to be able to play a role in helping encourage and inspire children to pursue their passions and build the life skills that will help them attain their dreams.”
Both golf clubs and cash donations will be collected at Drive Shack’s Orlando venue located at 7285 Corner Drive. Free BayPlay or RoboGolfPro sessions will be provided based on the number of clubs donated, as follows:
- Donations of 1-3 clubs will receive one hour of free BayPlay
- Donations of 4-6 clubs will receive two hours of free BayPlay
- Donations of 7 or more clubs will receive four hours of free BayPlay
- Those donating a complete set (14 or more clubs) will receive a free two-hour RoboGolfPro lesson
Donated clubs will be valued and converted to cash donations with the help of 2nd Swing and all Drive 4 Change proceeds will be given directly to The First Tee of Central Florida. In addition, Drive Shack, with the support of the PGA TOUR Superstore – Orlando, will be presenting The First Tee of Central Florida with brand new sets of junior golf clubs to give to the young people they serve.
“We’re grateful to Drive Shack for all they are doing to positively impact the participants of The First Tee of Central Florida,” said Thomas Lawrence, executive director of The First Tee of Central Florida. “Many of our participants have never held a club before joining our program and many of them don’t have access to clubs that properly fit their needs. To be able to present these worthy participants with their very own set of new clubs is tremendous. Through their growth in the game, young people will be able to utilize the opportunities presented to them to reach their wildest dreams and goals on, and more importantly off, the course. We cannot thank Drive Shack enough for making this happen.”
ABOUT DRIVE SHACK
Drive Shack is a golf and entertainment company that features the latest in golf and gaming technology with venues offering signature interactive range games, virtual course play, restaurant and bar, and classic arcade game center. Drive Shack opened its first venue in Orlando, April 2018, and has several locations opening in 2019 including Raleigh, NC; Richmond, VA and West Palm Beach, FL. For more information visit driveshack.com.
ABOUT THE FIRST TEE OF CENTRAL FLORIDA
The First Tee of Central Florida is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization created for the purpose to impact the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf. A chapter of The First Tee, a youth development organization that uses golf as a vehicle to develop in young people the positive values inherent in the game such as honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, and confidence, the First Tee of Central Florida delivers programs in traditional golf settings including golf courses and driving ranges as well as in schools and other youth service organizations.
ABOUT 2ND SWING
2nd Swing Golf is a small business headquartered in Minnesota that specializes in the sale of new and used golf clubs, golf club trade-in services, and tour-level fitting services. With the addition of its newest location, Columbia, MD, it will have five brick and mortar locations also including: two in the Twin Cities area, one in Scottsdale, Arizona, and one in Wilmington, Delaware. 2nd Swing is a Golf Digest Top 100 Club Fitter and PING Top 100 Fitter, and it has won multiple awards from other major manufacturers. For more information, visit www.2ndswing.com