$1,500 investment in youth
By Othor Cain
Tuesday, Oct. 9, was a day described by several golfers as being ‘picture perfect’ weather-wise for being on the course playing. Yet it was a day that members of the NonIron Golf Club set aside to make a contribution to the Boys & Girls Club of Metro Jackson.
Members of the golf club gathered at the Sonny Guy Golf Course on Woodrow Wilson Drive in Northwest Jackson and participated in a media event by offering quick and helpful tips to some of the youth from the Boys & Girls Club before making the donation.
“We have always been community minded and this is just another extension of what we do,” said Julius Martin, president of the NonIron Golf Club. “This is a part of our commitment to giving back.”
For the last 51 years, on the third weekend in May, the NonIron golfers have organized and participated in an annual tournament that assembles players from around the state. After expenses, the club for the last few years have made monetary contributions to The Sickle Cell Foundation, The Hinds County Sheriff’s Department, The Jackson Police Department and the Boys & Girls Club.
This year, based on the economy and participation, the club decided it would give to only one entity. “We voted and decided that we would be investing in our future by giving all of our proceeds to the Boys & Girls Club,” Martin said. “We didn’t want to make four small donations, we wanted it to count.”
The golfers presented a $1,500 check to Billy Redd, chief executive officer for the Boys & Girls Club of Central Mississippi. “We are eternally grateful for this donation. Like you, we invest in the lives of young people everyday and this donation will help us to continue touching the lives of young people around the metro,” Redd said. “It is good for young people to see members of their community giving back.”
With 56 members on the roster, Martin has served as president of the NonIron Club for a year, having been elected in Oct. 2011. He is excited about the future of the group. “We have plans to start a two-week youth summer camp in June 2013,” he said. “This will give us a chance to work one-on-one with children around the metro area in hopes of making a difference and having a positive impact in their lives.”