LPGA Tour rookie Jennifer Song traveled to Springfield recently to help promote the 2011 LPGA State Farm Classic and visit fans, in particular a group of young ladies at Blessed Sacrament School involved in the Girls on the Run Program. Girls on the Run (GOTR), one of the tournament’s designated charities, is a prevention program that educates and empowers pre-teen girls (3rd-8th grade). It gives the girls the tools to make healthy decisions, form positive self-images and develop healthy lifestyles while training them to run 3.1 miles.
While a flight delay prevented Jennifer from being able to meet with the group of girls from the Girls on the Run program, she did make it to Springfield in time to take part in a Celebrity Beat the Pro event and met with the directors of the Girls on the Run program, giving them t-shirts for all the girls that she had brought from Orlando. She also watched fans go head to head with the local media in a putting competition.
The Girls on the Run team will be coming out to watch Jennifer play at Panther Creek in Springfield this week and have the opportunity to meet her on the course. Jennifer has committed to giving 1/3 of her winnings from the LPGA State Farm Classic to Girls on the Run and other local charities as she feels strongly about giving back to communities and organizations that help kids succeed. Song, who won her professional debut on the LPGA Futures Tour at the 2010 Tate & Lyle Player Championship in nearby Decatur, Ill., has long made charity a priority. After her win in Decatur, Jennifer donated 1/3 of her earnings to nearby charities in the Decatur area including the Boys & Girls Club and Big Brothers/Big Sisters.
LPGA Outside the Ropes is an outreach program embraced by LPGA Tour players to elevate their significant off-course activities. The community and charitable activities primarily are designed to benefit tournaments and title sponsors.