Brazilian children in the city of Rio de Janeiro spent Friday at the iconic Maracana Stadium, practicing their driving and chipping on golf carts. The PGA Tour Rio 2016 Operation Golf program sent over 19 volunteers to the favela known as Filha Santa to work with underprivileged youth in the neighborhood in order to teach them the rules of the game.
“It’s incredible to see kids so engrossed in golf,” said PGA Assistant GM, Gary Zaffino. “I think it’s great to see kids that have never played a sport learn to enjoy the game and the changes of a game like golf that takes time and patience and learning from others who love the game as much as you do.”
FOX: The golfer involved in the game played by the children was Rio’s legendary great golfer, Junior Gabriel, who is currently retired.
FOX: He also serves as an ambassador for the PGA Tour who played multiple times in the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics.
Fox: “We are honored to have two champions who are great representatives of the game on our Ryder Cup-themed golf cart,” said Zaffino.
FOX: Zaffino said organizers selected the children who will receive lessons over the weekend at the neighborhoods Palace of Peace and Liberty.
“Before long, they are going to be playing their first tee shots with our biggest ambassadors,” said Zaffino.
Fox: The Academy Award-winning actor, Peter Fonda, a former PGA player himself, made an appearance at the carnival-themed station on the cart where he and the older members of the Rio 2016 team posed for a photo together.