Golf team hosts craft faire to make up for lost funds

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Putts, pumpkins and prizes aren’t normally put together, but this year at Rocklin High School, they will be paired at a holiday craft faire to raise money for the boys’ and girls’ golf teams. Sports programs, especially the smaller ones such as golf, have been hit hard by the state’s budget crisis and have seen their funding drastically cut. This has hobbled the positive affects sports can bring to students’ lives and will negatively ripple through both sports and academics. “Golf has taught my daughter determination,” said Ken Peterson of his daughter, Devyn, who has played on Rocklin High girls’ golf team for two years. “Her hard work and effort have paid off, her game has improved and with that her self-confidence.” Study after study shows kids who play sports, on average, tend to perform better in school than kids who don’t. A new study of Chicago’s After School Matters program – which offers paid internships in the arts, technology, sports and communications to teenagers in some of the city’s most underserved schools – finds a relationship between participating in after-school activities and higher class attendance, lower course failures and higher graduation rates. “Seeing the girls working together as a team and learning some valuable life skills are some of the biggest benefits sports can bring,” said varsity girls golf Coach Susan Espana. “No other area of high school can offer this unique opportunity.” More than 80 vendors will showcase their unique, hand-crafted holiday gifts amidst an atmosphere of fun, food, and a free, daylong raffle. One free raffle ticket to win scores of prizes donated by the vendors themselves, along with a host of other fabulous prizes provided by area businesses, will be given to each attendee. Topping the gifts will be a drawing for a $700 diamond necklace donated by Bianca’s Fine Jewelry. The golf teams have been working for a year to host this craft faire and hope to make it an annual event that enriches the community as well as the golf programs. “We’ve put together an amazing event, but we need the public to come out and support the boys and girls,” said boys’ varsity Coach Tim Hurrianko. Along with crafts, there will be face painting for the kids and food provided by Mr. Pickles and Dave ‘s Dawgs, who will donate part of their proceeds back to the programs. ~Staff report Holiday craft faire What: To raise funds for the boys’ and girls’ golf teams at Rocklin High When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20 Where: Rocklin High School, 5301 Victory Lane