Project Ukraine - Getting junior golfers back on the tee.
Project Ukraine is an initiative founded by a group of nine female leaders from the global golf industry enrolled in The R&A's Women in Golf Leadership Development Programme. One of the participants, Veronika Rastvortseva, is from Ukraine. After hearing how her family life was instantly changed following the invasion, our group committed to taking action, and as such, Project Ukraine was born. The initiative took shape to find a way to reunite players, and their parents, from the Ukrainian National Junior Team that were displaced from the war and help them get back to the tee together.
Project Ukraine successfully ran a six-day golf coaching clinic at Macdonald Cardrona Hotel in Peebles, Scotland, from 30th September - 5th October 2022. The young golfers benefitted from high-quality coaching and clinics, health and nutrition sessions, mental skills and Rules of Golf workshops, and special visits with some of their idols, including Rory McIlroy. Many of the Ukrainian golfers exclaimed it was the "best week of their lives."
Project Ukraine is now moving into phase two of the initiative to raise funds for post-secondary education for 17 exceptional junior golfers and their families displaced by the war. Funds raised for these scholarships will be donated to The R&A, which will manage and disburse the funds once an established post-secondary institution accepts the scholar.
The R&A would like to handle donations of £5,000 or more individually; please get in touch with Jennifer Hedge, Philanthropy Manager, by visiting The R&A Philanthropy Support website with donation questions.
We thank all who are interested in supporting this initiative to help these juniors find hope for their future.
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