Keiser University students hold a ‘Friends-Raiser’ to demonstrate support for young girls in the community

 Keiser University College of Golf & Sport Management (COGSM) teamed up with the PACE (Practical Academic Cultural Education) Center for Girls to help increase public awareness for the issues and challenges faced by girls and young women. The Keiser University COGSM recently hosted a ‘Friends- Raiser’ with a variety of indoor golf events and contests that delighted golfers of all skill levels and donated all proceeds to benefit the lives of PACE girls.

The Saturday morning event featured three-hole putting contest, closest-to-the-pin contest, longest drive and many other activities. Guests also enjoyed golf history displays, wellness clinics, chair massages, breakfast and fun raffles.

“We had a tremendous turnout and our 5,000-square-foot indoor practice facility was filled to capacity,” says John McMurry, Vice President of Keiser University College of Golf & Sport Management. “Girls and young women face a set of unique issues and challenges in our society, and we are already planning for another PACE event for 2016 to help meet those challenges. As both a game and an industry, golf provides a wide variety of opportunities and life lessons which can help teach and inspire girls and young women to achieve great success.”

PACE is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization that provides a non-residential delinquency prevention program that targets the unique needs of females 12- to 18-years-old who are identified as dependent, truant, runaway, delinquent, or in need of academic skills. Established 30 years ago in Jacksonville, Fla., to help 10 girls, PACE now includes 17 centers throughout Florida that serve more than 2,000 girls every year and has helped more than 21,000 girls since 1985. For more information about PACE, visit

“The collaboration between the PACE Center and Keiser University was an obvious and natural choice,” says Vickie Colter, executive director for the PACE Center for Girls. “Keiser obviously cares about their students and understands that our girls are going to graduate high school and need to be exposed to all kinds of secondary education. And they need to see that girls can definitely play golf too!”

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