Symetra Classic players donate time & effort to local charities during tournament week
Seul-Ki Park, Riki Van-Niekerk and Whitney Neuhauser decorate snack bags at A Child’s Place
Megan McChrystal and Katie Kempter hard at work at Second Harvest Food Bank
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - At the beginning of this year’s Symetra Tour season it was every professional’s goal to land inside the top-10 on the Volvik Race for the Card standings and earn their fully exempt LPGA Tour card for next season. With the season entering its final stretch of tournaments, the pressure is mounting for players to find the winner’s circle and post solid finishes.
The increasing pressure and desire to spend countless of hours preparing for the last three tournaments didn’t stop several Symetra Tour players from volunteering their time Tuesday and Wednesday in Charlotte, N.C. for the Tour’s Outside the Ropes program.
On Tuesday, Whitney Neuhauser, Riki Van-Niekerk, Jenny Suh, Sara Maude Juneau, Julia Boland, Ginger Howard, Emma Jandel, Camilla Lennarth, Ashley Tait, Kristin Walla, Jessi Gebhardt, Andy Jun, and Seul-Ki Park volunteered their time at A Child’s Place, an organization that helped 2,228 homeless Charlotte Mecklenburg School students last year.
Players began the day by showcasing their artistic talents decorating bags before stuffing them with several non-perishable food items including juice boxes, applesauce, and crackers.
Nine Symetra Tour professionals donated their time and efforts on Wednesday to the Second Harvest Food Bank which has been named the Symetra Classic’s main charitable beneficiary. All proceeds from the tournament will be donated to the organization and assist in their fight against hunger in the greater Charlotte metropolitan area. The site works with almost 650 non-profit agencies in 19 counties with food and essential grocery products.
Kristin Vincent, Katie Kempter, Calle Nielson, Aimee Neff, Tracy Stanford, Megan McChrystal, Therese Koelbaek, Erica Moston assisted in Second Helping program which was designed to serve the most vulnerable citizens---the homebound elderly. There are 40,000 people over 65, representing 15% of the elderly population, living at risk of hunger in the Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina service area.
The players created a productive assembly line and packed nearly 100 boxes that will be distributed to those in need. They were also asked to sign a pottery bowl that will be specially designed and auctioned off at a luncheon benefit later this year.
The Symetra Classic and Second Harvest will host a “Bring 3, Get in Free Day” on Saturday, September 15 at Raintree Country Club where fans and spectators can bring three non-perishable food items and receive free admission to the tournament.