How much golf is too much golf? For Joe Holston, there’s no such thing when it’s for a good cause.
On Sept. 2, Holston will take a swing at golfing 100 holes in one day to raise money for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region.
“Today, many youth are struggling with issues of isolation and loneliness due to the impact of COVID-19,” Holston said in a statement. “Now, more than ever, it is critical to raise funds to support youth mentoring.”
A longtime board member at the organization, Holston was inspired when he read online about someone who completed a similar golf challenge.
“When Joe told us about it, we said this sounds like a fantastic idea,” said Amy Rote, interim executive director.
Holston will spend around 10 to 12 hours at the Manada Golf Club in Grantville, playing up to eight rounds. Sponsors can support Holston per hole or give a flat donation. So far, he has raised over $5,500.
“It’s an opportunity for Joe to speak out and get community awareness of the need for mentorship,” Rote said.
She said this need is especially great during a time when kids have lost access to role models that they typically get in school, church and other programs.
All Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring moved to a virtual platform because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The organization also streamed a series of educational videos through Facebook Live, including dance tutorials, nutrition tips and bicycle safety information.
With the Harrisburg School District planning a 100% virtual start to the academic year, mentors in the program will be specifically focused on helping students with schoolwork at home.
“We had to recognize what their needs are, and right now, that is their primary need,” Rote said.
Big Brothers Big Sisters serves over 500 kids and assists their families, as well. During the pandemic, they have helped families with their bills and food needs.
Donations from individuals like Holston aid the mentoring program in continuing its mission of helping youth achieve their full potential.
“The intent is that the challenge will be extended to others,” said Krystina Shultz, communications and marketing manager. “We want to grow the fundraiser even beyond his efforts.”