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2016 Peggy Kirk Bell Award
Avery Zweig named 2016 Peggy Kirk Bell Award Winner
PINEHURST, N.C. (July 19, 2016)
The U.S. Kids Golf Foundation has selected 9 year-old Avery Zweig from Dallas, TX as the recipient of the 2016 Peggy Kirk Bell Award. She has created multiple fundraising campaigns for individuals diagnosed with cancer and has recruited additional U.S. Kids Golf golfers to increase the reach and fundraising opportunities for these worthy causes.
Avery raised over $10,000 last summer for local charities, including support for her elementary school’s janitor, who was diagnosed with lung cancer earlier that year. She created a fundraising campaign called “Win Green for Jeff,” which generated funds throughout her community that went to assist Jeff Ballard with his medical bills. Later that same year she raised additional funds for two local foundations.
Currently, Avery is working on a new campaign to raise money for 2 year-old Cason Crow, who also has cancer. “Win Green for Cason” has raised close to $21,000 toward the goal of $25,000. Avery recruited fellow U.S. Kids Golfers Madison Moman from Palm Beach Gardens FL, Gianna Clemente from Warren, OH, Jackson Herrington from Nashville, TN and Duff McKay from Dallas, TX to join her in getting people to pledge funds for Cason.
“Helping these people when they are struggling with cancer is a great feeling,” stated Avery. “Playing in U.S. Kids Golf tournaments has brought the five of us together and even more kids have approached us to see how they can help to raise money for Cason.”
Additional campaigns to raise money for Cason have popped up around the country due to an overwhelming social media response. Through partnerships with The 2 Seam Dream Foundation founded by Rick Green and additional fundraising efforts including “Go Fund Me” accounts and bake sales they are well on their way to reaching the funding goal for young Cason.
The award is named for and inspired by the lifelong efforts of Peggy Kirk Bell, who is widely considered to be one of the founders and catalysts of women’s golf in America. She is best known for her dedication to teaching the game of golf to women, and in 2002, she became the first woman inducted into the World Golf Teachers Hall of Fame. Each year since 2007, U.S. Kids Golf has recognized one boy or girl that has demonstrated outstanding philanthropic efforts by making a difference in his or her community.
“I am so proud of Avery’s and her efforts to raise money for people in need of support”, said Peggy Kirk Bell. “It has truly been an honor to be associated with so many wonderful kids that are serving their community through this great game of golf. I wish her great success as she continued to raise money for Cason, and as a golfer.”
Avery was introduced to the game of golf by her father when she was two years old and began playing competitive golf in 2012. She is currently one of the world's top players in her age group with great finishes at many events throughout the year.
“Peggy Kirk Bell has been an inspiration to young golfers for many year’s states Dan Van Horn, Founder and President for U.S. Kids Golf. “We couldn’t have chosen anyone better to represent U.S. Kids Golf as we recognize the young golfers for their exemplary service to their community and for their commitment to enjoying playing the game of golf. We congratulate Avery for being the recipient for this year’s award.”
When she is not on the golf course or fundraising, Avery loves to play outdoors with her friends and spending time with her cat Harriet. She is an avid movie buff, and is often quoting lines from her favorite movies. She will play volleyball on the school team in the fall.
“I feel it is my responsibility to lead by example and to teach others to utilize their skills to benefit others in need,” said Avery. “I am excited to return to Pinehurst to play in the U.S. Kids Golf World Championship and to have the opportunity to meet Mrs. Bell, who has done so many great things in golf. It is an honor to win this award, but more importantly to give back to others in need”.
Cason Crow and his family will be attending the U.S. Kids Golf World Championship this year and Cason will ride in the Parade of Nations with Avery.
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