21st Annual Charity Golf Tournament benefitting Feed the Need and JCPRD Special Olympics set for Friday, June 6, at Heritage Park Golf Course

The 21st Annual Charity Golf Tournament benefitting Feed the Need and the Johnson County Park & Recreation District's Special Olympics Program will take place on Friday, June 6, at the Heritage Park Golf Course, 16445 Lackman Road, Olathe.

This four-person scramble tournament is being presented by Johnson County Infrastructure & Transportation in conjunction with JCPRD. Check-in begins at 7 a.m. and play gets under way at 8 a.m. with a shotgun start. In addition to greens fees, cart rental, registration gifts, hole prizes, on-course refreshments, prizes for tournament champions, and a great BBQ lunch to conclude the event. Attendance is limited to 144 players, consisting of 36 teams of four.

Participation in the tournament is by both individuals and corporate teams. Individual players may register for $110 and registration for a four-member team is $400. Corporate sponsorships are also available at the $1,000, $500, and $250 levels, but hurry, as there’s a May 23 deadline for sponsorships. For more information or to register for the tournament, contact Jackie Eatinger at (913) 715-8306 or at jackie.eatinger@jocogov.org. Mailed registrations should be addressed to: Johnson County Infrastructure & Transportation, Attn: Jackie Eatinger, 1800 West Old 56 Highway, Olathe, KS 66061, with checks made out to Infrastructure Feed the Need.

The JCPRD Rangers Special Olympics team provides year-round sports training, education, and athletic competition opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities. Through their participation, Special Olympians are able to demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills, and friendships with their families, other Special Olympians, and the community.

Since 1987, Johnson County Government employees have participated in the annual Feed the Need Campaign, which supplies donations of food and money to ten local food pantries serving eligible Johnson County citizens. The program is also part of a regional effort coordinated by the Mid-America Regional Council, the Mid-America Assistance Coalition, and Harvesters International.

Local food pantries which benefit from Feed the Need include: Blue Valley Multi-Service Center in Overland Park, De Soto Multi-Service Center, Spring Hill Multi-Service Center, North Central Multi-Service Center in Lenexa, Gardner-Edgerton Coordinating Council, Shawnee Community Services, Catholic Community Services in Mission and Olathe, and Salvation Army and First Christian Church, both in Olathe.

Summer is an especially important time for Feed the Need because federally-funded school lunch and breakfast programs are only available during the school year and families are required to provide these meals on their own.

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