October 2020 Letter from Tom Walsh
Dear GreatLIFE Member, Team Member & Support Team,
Fall is upon us and many good things with it! Having kids back in school is a really big effort, especially those most vulnerable kids where both parents are working. It was refreshing to see high school and college sports start up again with social distancing and limited fans. As sponsors of the Sanford International, we hosted the Kid’s Zone and a SKYBOX. It was the first professional golf event with fans that was well organized with many safety and health efforts throughout. It was nice to see people out enjoying the nice weather, world class golf and camaraderie.
Here at GreatLIFE we been busy with the golf season and PLAY Everything clinics and camps. We held football, volleyball, basketball and golf camps with more lined up this Fall. We finished equipping and opening our newest fitness center in Yankton with Mount Marty University. It is an +8,000 square feet of the latest equipment and programing at their new field house.
As some of you may know, our GreatLIFE Cares Foundation has grown and expanded to create a coalition of +25 charitable and civic organizations including our three school systems here in Sioux Falls. Our mission at GreatLIFE Cares Foundation is to” Provide support and leadership for programs and efforts benefiting children, families and charitable and civic organizations involving golf, fitness and healthy lifestyles.”
Two weeks ago, we held the inaugural GreatLIFE Cares Foundation’s Challenge for Change golf event out at our Willow Run golf course. We had several of the organizations with teams along with teams from our GreatLIFE Corporate Partners competing for the $17,500 in prize money. Each team picked a charity, school or civic organization to represent in the competition. We were able to not only raise some monies for several of these organizations but create greater awareness for them as well as build some solid relationships. Looking forward to next year when COVID 19 is hopefully long behind us.
One of the main programs we are sponsoring with the Sioux Falls Public School system is Tom Osborn’s TeamMates mentoring program. Although this virus is preventing us from in school meetings with mentees, together with TeamMates corporate leadership and our school system, they are developing virtual mentoring relationships that we will be rolling out late this October. Please contact Lora Hayes at Lora.firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more or become a TeamMates Mentor.
We continue to build on our GreatLIFE Member Benefits program and will be introducing some exciting new benefits this month that I am sure you will be delighted with. Thanks for being a GreatLIFE Member and enjoy this beautiful Fall season. Enclosed is a video that I hope you enjoy and appreciate.