"They really helped me get things rolling."
With some help from SNHU faculty and staff, student Eric Chabot has been able to invigorate a golf program he played in as a child.
An accounting/finance major, Eric was appointed manager of Androscoggin Valley Country Club’s youth golf program two years ago. Making the program more kid-friendly and finding funding were his top priorities.
“I wanted kids to enjoy this program,” he says. “Every year a lot of golfing scholarships go unclaimed, and this program gives kids a chance to excel in this area.”
Eric turned to faculty and staff for advice. Dr. Doug Blais, sport management chair, suggested submitting a grant proposal to the United States Golf Association. Institutional Advancement staff members Stephanie Bergeron and Cathy LaForge worked closely with Eric on the proposal.
“They really helped me get things rolling,” Chabot says. “They helped me write the grant request and were there for the interview. Without the initial support from SNHU there is no way this goal could have been achieved.”
The grant was approved in May 2008 and Eric launched the new-and-improved program the following June.
“Golf teaches kids about life lessons, etiquette, respect and an overall love of the game,” he says.