WeDoGood.org's Fallen Veterans Tournament Strikes a Hole-in-One for the Hazen Family
Article by: Charles Dame
Martin County - The 2023 WeDoGood Fallen Veterans Golf Tournament, held in memory of Vietnam Veteran Al Hazen, not only brought out the community for a day of sport but also rallied spirits to raise over $8,500 for the Hazen family. The event was an overwhelming success, proving once again that when it comes to supporting our heroes and their families, WeDoGood and the larger Florida community are in it for the long game.
A Day to Remember
The sunny skies and immaculate greens were only outdone by the golfers themselves, who were committed to making each swing count for the cause. "One good deed can change everything," is a philosophy WeDoGood stands by, and each participant embraced this ethos in their gameplay and contributions.
Gratitude to Our Sponsors and Participants
We owe a huge thank-you to our generous sponsors and volunteers, without whom this tournament would not have been possible. Your dedication to the cause ensures that we continue to uplift the lives of those who've given so much for our community and our country.
The Hazen Family Benefit
The tournament succeeded in raising over $8,500 specifically for Ingred Hazen and her family. These funds will go a long way in providing the Hazens the support they need, reaffirming WeDoGood's commitment to maintaining contact with and aiding families of fallen heroes until their children reach the age of eighteen.
A Display of Honor and Respect
A special mention must be made of the Martin County Firefighters Honor Guard, who did a tremendous job presenting the colors and conducting a flag presentation that left no eye dry. Their professionalism and grace brought an additional layer of gravitas to an already heartfelt event.
A Token of Everlasting Memory
In an emotional highlight, Ingred Hazen was presented with a $2,600 Pearl and Diamond ring, generously donated by Stuart’s own Diamonds by Terri. This beautiful token serves not just as a piece of jewelry but also as an everlasting memory of community love and respect for a family who has sacrificed so much.
Wrapping It Up
We believe that one good deed can indeed change everything, and the overwhelming success of the Fallen Veterans Tournament confirms that many of you share this sentiment. Thanks to the generosity and spirit of everyone involved, we've taken another significant step toward fulfilling our mission.
Let's continue to come together in unity and purpose, not just on the greens but in our daily lives. The Hazen family, and families like theirs, are the testament to the good that we can do when we swing with our hearts.
For future events and information on how you can contribute to WeDoGood, please visit [WeDoGood.org](https://www.wedogood.org).
Treasure Coast Showdown
Lawnwood Baseball Complex
Fort Pierce, FL
Perfect Game’s mission is to promote the game of baseball now and in the future by hosting the highest quality amateur events while providing meaningful opportunities and information to players, families, MLB organizations, college coaches, and fans.
Expect to see some the top teams within the state compete in this event. The majority of teams will be from within the state of FL.
Senior State Games
Jackie Robinson Training Complex
Vero Beach, FL
The Senior States Games are back this fall for the fourth year in a row! This invite only event will showcase the top 2024 players in the state with each player representing their respected region. Each region will consist of up to 25 players and will play against the other regional teams, after all games are completed a region will be crowned winner.
Expect to see both MLB and College scouts in attendance to see the highest level of talent within the state.
15th Annual Swinging Fore the ARC Golf Tournament
September 29-30, 2023
The ARC of the Treasure Coast is teeing up a weekend of fun on the links at the 15th Annual Swinging Fore the ARC Golf Tournament. All events will be held at the Harbour Ridge Yacht & Country Club in Palm City and proceeds go to ARC of the Treasure Coast.
Eight-time PGA Tour Winner, Fred Funk has committed to helping the ARC with their Golf Tournament this year. Fred will be available on both Friday and Saturday’s tournament day and will demonstrate to attendees some of his best recommendations for overcoming potential challenges on the course.
Cocktail Par-tee | Friday, September 29, 2023 | 6PM
Location: Harbour Ridge Clubhouse
Hors d'oeuvres, entertainment, cash bar, silent auction, raffles, complimentary wine & beer
($125 for Non-Golfers)
Tournament | Saturday, September 30, 2023 | 7:30AM
7:30AM - Late Registration and Breakfast
9AM - Shotgun Start
A gourmet BBQ awards luncheon, auction, and raffle to follow the tournament.
Sponsorship prices range from $750 to $10,000.
Golf entries and gift bags, tee signs, and tickets to the cocktail party and awards banquet are all 'in the bag' with your sponsorship purchase.
Click to Register Online Today!
For more information, visit www.arctreasurecoast.org/events
For questions, please call Tish Gelineau 772.283.2525
Southeastern Fastpitch Strike Out Cancer
September 30-October 1,2023
Dick Bird South County Regional Park
Vero Beach, FL
Southeastern Fast Pitch will be hosting the Strike Out Cancer softball tournament here on the Treasure Coast! Southeastern Fast Pitch is the fastest growing softball tournament company in the southeast and is committed to growing the game by creating affordable, competitive, and family-friendly tournaments across the southeast region of the United States.
Expect to see some good competition across the duration of the tournament.
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Former NBA Players Rally Behind Crossover Mission, Making Guest Appearance at Talent Showcase Game at Crossover’s Center for Excellence
Vero Beach - In an inspiring show of support, former NBA players Drew Gooden of the Memphis Grizzlies and Tony Battie of the Denver Nuggets joined forces with Crossover Mission to bolster their efforts in inspiring and redirecting the lives of at-risk youth in Indian River County. These influential figures made a guest appearance at Crossover Mission’s Center for Excellence to leverage their expertise and experience to empower the next generation, fostering a positive impact within the community.
Crossover Mission has long been recognized for its unwavering commitment to uplifting disadvantaged youth through basketball training and academic and life skills mentoring. The recent collaboration with former NBA players, Gooden and Battie, represents a transformative step towards expanding their reach and impact.
The distinguished former NBA players, Goodin and Battie, have expressed their enthusiasm for Crossover Mission’s program and its potential to make a lasting difference as they aim to inspire young individuals and equip them with invaluable skills on and off the court.
Crossover Mission provides over 100 student-athletes with comprehensive basketball training sessions that focus on skill development, teamwork, and character building. Additionally, they receive one-to-one academic mentoring to enhance their educational prospects and encourage academic excellence.
“I’ve seen other programs like Crossover Mission, but not this complex…diving into the students’ academics. I think that is what separates a lot of programs from Crossover.” said former NBA player Drew Gooden.
Antoine Jennings, co-founder and Director of Operations of Crossover Mission, said, “We are deeply grateful for the inspiration that Drew Gooden and Tony Battie brought to Crossover Mission. Their willingness to share their expertise, stories, and experiences instilled a sense of motivation in our student-athletes and served as a powerful reminder that hard work and dedication can lead to incredible achievements.”
The collaborative efforts between Crossover Mission and the former NBA players hope to have made a lasting impact on the lives of underserved youth of Indian River County. By combining basketball training with academic mentoring, Crossover Mission aims to instill discipline, resilience, and determination in participants, empowering them to overcome challenges, pursue their dreams, and help shape their future, both in sports and in life.
Crossover Mission NBA All-star Visit- Drew Gooden and Tony Battie
IRSC Women’s Swim Team Member Named the NJCAA Female Student-Athlete of the Year
In Photo: Gina Miller
Fort Pierce - Indian River State College (IRSC) women’s swim team member Gina Miller has been named the 2022-23 Betty Jo Graber NJCAA Female Student-Athlete of the Year by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). This recognition is among the highest honors awarded to student-athletes by the organization.
A native of South Africa, Miller excelled as a member of Pioneers’ Women’s Swimming and Diving program for two seasons. Miller found great success both in the classroom and in the pool. During her career as a Pioneer, Miller established new NJCAA records in the 500 and 1000 Yard Freestyle. She was a member of six NJCAA national championship relay teams and won seven individual titles in the NJCAA Swimming & Diving Championships over the course of two seasons.
Miller received Co-Swimmer of the Meet at the 2022-23 NJCAA Swimming & Diving Championships and placed first in the 200, 500, and 1000 Yard Freestyle events. As a freshman, Miller was the Freestyle 2021-22 national champion in the 200, 500, and 1000 Yard Freestyle events. Miller was also a strong performer in the classroom during her time at Indian River State, maintaining a 4.0 GPA throughout her career as a Pioneer.
Miller will continue her academic and athletic career at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where she will continue to pursue her studies in Psychology.
“IRSC is extremely excited and honored that Gina Miller, a member of our women's program, has been selected as the 2023 Betty Jo Graber award winner,” shares Scott Kimmelman, IRSC Athletic Director. “To have one of our student-athletes honored as the recipient of such a prestigious award validates not only Gina's efforts to excel at the highest levels academically and athletically but our mission as a department to instill core values of excellence both on the playing field—or in this case, the pool—and in the classroom. We are proud of her accomplishments and take pride in knowing we have been a part of her growth as a student-athlete.”
During her athletic career at IRSC Miller has earned the following accolades:
2022 & 2023 NJCAA Female Swimmer of the Year
13x NJCAA All-American
13x NJCAA College Swim Coaches' Association of America (CSCAA) All-American
13x NJCAA National Champion
Broke the NJCAA National Record in the 500 Freestyle in 2022
Broke the NJCAA National Record in the 1000 Freestyle in 2022
NJCAA First Team All-Academic
2022 and 2023 Southern Conference All-Academic Team honors
2022 and 2023 FCSAA / Region VIII All-Academic
CSCAA Academic All-American
IRSC President's List honoree
IRSC head Swim Coach Sion Brinn reflected on Miller’s success during her time with IRSC. “I am very proud of all of Gina's accomplishments over the last two years, both in the water and in the classroom. She is most deserving of this prestigious recognition, and I look forward seeing what she achieves in her future endeavors.”
Miller will be honored during the NJCAA Foundation Awards event, on Thursday, June 8, at the Hilton Charlotte University Place at 6:30 p.m. The event will recognize the NJCAA Male and Female Student-Athletes of the Year, the Lea Plarski Award winner, the Champion Award winners, and the Difference Maker Award winner, in addition to the 2023 class of the NJCAA Hall of Fame.
Unlock Lower Scores Are you Setting the Right Tone?
Walking along the fairway to your second with a clear sight of your ball is an extremely satisfying experience.
Do you often have to you search for your tee shot in the thick stuff during a round? Let’s change that.
Percentage tee shot
Put yourself in the fairway, even if it means a longer second.
Perfect tee shot
Hit the fairway with every yard of distance you’re capable of.
“Whether you’re playing from spot 1 or 2, the game is a lot more enjoyable from there.”
Joy-destroyer tee shot
If you’re struggling with a regular miss, the rest of the hole becomes a struggle. The good news is, we can help you fix this.
If you haven’t broken 85 by now
Getting further down more fairways could be your breakthrough.
Let's Break it Down to Break 90
Article by: Judy Alvarez Golf Academy
In many ways, the par on a hole is misleading and not especially relevant. Each hole holds a particular set of challenges you need to navigate. If you’re shooting in the 90s it helps to break that challenge down into three parts.
If you’re shooting in the 90s, whenever you stand-up on the tee box, don’t think about the ‘par’. Look at what’s in front of you. Think back from the center of the green (from where you’re planning two-putts) and plot a journey of makeable shots.
Take Control Tiny Tweaks for Massive Gains
In golf, there’s a lot we can’t control. Aspects like weather, pin location, hole elevation and turf conditions are what they are. But there is something we can control: how your equipment fits your swing, build and preferences. A few small changes can transform your enjoyment and performance.
Did you know?
If the face alignment on your putter is out by just 1°, you’ll likely miss a 10-foot putt, even with accurate aim.
A 0.05 increase in smash factor for a golfer with an average swing speed of 85mph, can add up to 10 yards to their drives.
A fitting is one of the best ways for us to identify the areas of your game that could benefit from slight adjustments. When last were you fitted?
Skill level is not a determiner of who should get fitted. Every golfer benefits from a fitting, from complete beginner to life-long veteran. Why not experience the difference for yourself?
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Avoiding Your Long Irons?
Approach play becomes so much easier and more enjoyable when you’re confident with your longer irons. If your long irons are a constant struggle, let’s change that. Is there a swing change we could make? Or perhaps your lie angle is incorrect? Maybe hybrids would be better suited to your game?
Let’s figure out the best way to improve your approach play.
Maybe it’s not your fault
Sliced your drive? Hooked your iron shot? Missed the green from inside 100 yards? Sometimes the reason for these mishits isn’t your swing.
A driver shaft with the incorrect flex for you makes it difficult to square the club face at impact. That means more slices off the tee
A lie angle that’s too upright for you can cause the club face to close at impact, resulting in hooked shots.
There are many types of wedge shots that can be played within 100 yards. Playing with the right bounce and grind makes it easier to strike the ball cleanly.
Make the game easier
Golf’s tough enough as it is, why make it more difficult by playing with equipment that isn’t fitted for you? Let’s start by making sure you’ve got the basics, like lie angle and shaft flex, in place.
Sit Less, Swing Better Restore the Rhythm
Article by: Judy Alverez - First Tee
Is your swing feeling stiff? Are you sitting for several hours a day? Your shoulders could be part of the problem. The anatomical term for your shoulder blades is “scapulae”. Your upper arm bone – the humerus – connects to your scapula. They work together to help you make a full shoulder rotation and swing on plane. This interaction is called “scapulohumeral rhythm”.
Sitting too much messes with this rhythm because it pulls your shoulders forward, disrupting the scapula muscles, causing them to tilt and become unstable. When this happens, your golf swing will be restricted and you may experience pain at your shoulder blades.