05 Dec, 2009
La Quinta High School Athletics Step Up to Plate Selling Hope Classic Tickets
La Quinta, Calif.–Schools throughout California have felt the ax, and things don’t look like they will improve in the near future for additional budgeting to California’s schools. In tough times, the schools have come up with innovate ways to raise some extra cash for vital programs. At La Quinta High School, six sports teams have partnered with the Bob Hope Classic Golf Tournament to sell tickets (passes) for the Jan. 18-24, 2010 event hosted in their community.
The 51st Bob Hope Classic became a fundraiser for school athletic team participants who will sell daily gallery passes. Football, boys’ basketball, baseball, boys’ golf, girls’ golf and track teams will sell the passes for $25, with all the proceeds being donated to the respective teams by the Bob Hope Classic.
According to Joe Simonds, La Quinta High School boys’ golf coach, “State cutbacks are forcing the sports teams to find a way to make up the deficit (in their programs) and this program is a great way to be active in our community and help ourselves as well.”
Practice rounds for the 2010 Classic at four courses – SilverRock Resort, La Quinta Country Club, Nicklaus Private at PGA WEST, Palmer Private at PGA WEST – will be conducted Monday, Jan. 18 and Tuesday, Jan. 19. Tournament play begins Wednesday, Jan. 20 and concludes Sunday, Jan. 24 at the Palmer Private at PGA WEST. The five-day Classic features 128 top PGA TOUR professionals and 384 amateur contestants, including 30 celebrities. All five days of the Classic will be televised on Golf Channel. At stake is a purse of $5 million – $900,000 to the winner. Pat Perez is defending champion of the Classic. bobhopeclassic.com Book your hotel rooms now. Space is limited.
In 50 years, the Classic has donated more than $47 million to charities throughout the Coachella Valley . For more information, go to www.bobhopeclassic.com or call 1.888.MRBHOPE (672.4673).