PGA Tour professional golfer Harold Varner III has joined Team RBC as an ambassador for the new RBC Community Junior Golf Program.
PGA Tour star Varner is already the founder of the HV3 Foundation and a National Ambassador for Youth on Course.
He now joins the RBC Community Junior Golf Program, an initiative that focuses on building greater diversity and equity in golf with affordable access to the game for youths in underrepresented communities in Canada.
“I am thrilled to be joining the Team RBC family and to partner with an organisation whose values match my own, including providing young people with affordable access to sport and playing an active role in populating a more diverse pipeline of golf talent,” said Varner.
“Through my work with young people, I understand the positive impact sport can have on a young person’s life. It can open doors and present opportunities that otherwise wouldn’t be possible. It is an absolute honour to be an ambassador for the RBC Community Junior Golf Program while joining the elite group of players on Team RBC.”
Golf Canada will implement the First Tee – Canada and Youth on Course programs at municipal and especially accessible public golf courses across Canada.
By 2023, the program is expected to engage more than 10,000 young people by delivering free First Tee programing, which integrates the game of golf with life skills curriculum and $5 Youth on Course green fees to select courses from coast to coast.
RBC brings its purpose of helping client thrive and communities prosper to life is by empowering youth.
RBC Future Launch is the bank’s $500 million commitment to help Canadian youth prepare for the jobs of tomorrow, including $50 million in focused funding to create meaningful and transformative pathways to prosperity for 25,000 BIPOC youth by 2025.
In addition, through the RBC Heritage and RBC Canadian Open tournaments, RBC has helped raise over $25 million in support of local charities in Canada and the United States.
“As a long-standing supporter of golf, RBC is proud to launch a program that will help increase diversity, inclusivity and access to the game of golf,” said Mary DePaoli, Executive Vice-President and Chief Marketing Officer, RBC.
“We believe in ensuring everyone has equal opportunity to realize their full potential and we look forward to bringing this program to life with the support of Harold Varner III, our newest Team RBC ambassador and someone who is equally as passionate about working with youth as we are.”
Kevin Blue, Chief Sport Officer of Golf Canada, added: “Evolving the participant base of Canadian golf so it matches the diversity of multicultural Canada is an important priority
“We’re eager to partner with RBC to help increase access to junior golf, especially for youth from backgrounds that historically have been underserved.
“By bringing First Tee – Canada and Youth on Course to the most accessible golf courses in Canada, the RBC Community Junior Golf program will help us make sure golf is welcoming to all Canadian youth.”
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