Sunday, November 18th @ Mission Lakes Country Club

By Lisa Morgan

“There is no such thing as a ‘self-made’ man.  We are made up of thousands of others.  Everyone who has ever done a kind deed for us, or spoken one word of encouragement to us, has entered into the make-up of our character and of our thoughts, as well as our success.”  These are the words of early 1900s American newspaper columnist, George Matthew Adams.  It is also a principal on which Tim Ingram, founder of Camp of Champions A & M has based his 501c3 charity upon that touches the lives of over 15,000 kids a year in our Coachella Valley schools.  This Sunday you will have a fun, interactive opportunity to support this valuable program as well as contribute to a food drive for Food Now by participating in the Ultimate Coachella Valley Hole In One Challenge at Mission Lakes Country Club.





Registration is $150.00 per player or $500 for 4 players per round.  The fee includes golf, cart and lunch.  There will be a choice of two shotgun tee times: 8 am or 1 pm and you will have access to practice areas at the beautiful Mission Lakes Country Club.  You will also have a shot at winning $1,000 per hole for making a hole in one, and $10,000 for a hole in one at hole number two!


Additional prizes will be awarded for hole in ones at the individual holes when you upgrade your Hole In One Package with $100 per player; huge prizes for each hole in one will be added to the cash prize and include a car, a motor home, more cash, or services and products from the many tournament sponsors. If you mention Coachella Valley Weekly or “CVW” on the registration form, you will receive the $100 upgrade for free!  All of these fantastic prizes will be on display at the Mission Lakes Country Club between November 15th and November 18th.  You are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to contribute to the food drive for Food Now as well when you come to view the prizes or when you come to play.


To register for the tournament and for more information visit their website or call Camp of Champions A & M at (760) 671-5494.


About Camp of Champions A & M:


When a local school principal approached Tim Ingram, a former professional athlete, to provide a sports camp for kids as motivation for his students to improve scholastically, there were only 15 kids expected to qualify.  Once the incentive was presented to the kids, 77 had reached the educational goals set by their principal in order to be able to participate in the camp.  Since then, the program, officially founded in March of 2008, has expanded to almost 50 schools in five school districts throughout the Coachella Valley spanning from Mecca to 29 Palms.


Camp of Champions A& M provides this free motivational, rewards-based sports clinics.  These sports clinics are set up like a carnival full of different interactive sports games and are a healthy reward to students who achieve the goals that are set by their teachers and/or school principal, be they academic, attendance, behavior or testing focused.


Through participation in the Camp of Champions A & M sports clinic program, we anticipate approximately 15,000 non-duplicated youth annually will improve their school attendance, grades, and academic acumen; improve their health by preventing or diminishing obesity; learn leadership skills; and realize life skills, such as accountability, responsibility, and perseverance,” says Ingram.


“The ‘A’ and ‘M’ in our name stand for ‘athletics, academics, and motivation’. It is our desire that students who experience a Camp of Champions A& M clinic discover the value of setting goals and the thrill of attaining goals; the encouragement of having their accomplishment(s) recognized and celebrated; and the importance of accountability, responsibility, and perseverance.  Camp of Champions A& M is a charitable organization that firmly believes in the power of word and deed to positively impact the lives of children.  A kind word, a statement of encouragement, a recognition of effort made, or the focused attention of a mentor have the ability to profoundly impact the life of a child.  It is our belief that we can change young lives and facilitate the challenging job of our educators.”


According to Mike Long, Principal of Rio Vista Elementary, Camp of Champions A& M “was certainly a successful incentive for our students.  The students and our staff enjoyed themselves immensely.  This is the kind of program that should be promoted and expanded.”


To learn more about Camp of Champions A& M or how to participate, visit their website at or call them at (760) 671-5494.

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