TELLURIDE – When longtime Telluride local Kevin Green passed away in a ski accident last winter, he left behind a legacy, not only as a good friend and father, but also as a strong supporter of local youth sports programs.
For five years, Green had shared his love of hockey with dozens of local kids participating in the Lizardheads Youth Hockey Club, as a coach for the Mini-Mites, the Mites, and then the Squirts teams.
Members of the local hockey club have ensured that Green’s local hockey legacy will continue well into the future, thanks to the creation of the Kevin Green Memorial Golf Tournament.
The first annual event, slated for Saturday, Aug. 7, at the Bridges Golf Club in Montrose, will help raise funds for kids who may not otherwise be able to play hockey.
“Hockey is an expensive sport and it's the main reason that many parents can be wary of getting their children involved. Hopefully we'll be able to make hockey a reality for some children whose parents otherwise would not be able to make it happen financially,” says Jim Loebe, who is co-organizer of the event.
As he explains, the Lizardhead Youth Hockey Club had been trying to come up with an offseason "flagship" fundraiser for some time. The golf tournament concept came together this year, thanks to Lizardheads member and coach Joe Distenfano, who is the superintendent at The Bridges. With generous support from The Bridges, the Lizardheads organization was able to make the fundraiser a reality.
It seemed fitting to make the fundraiser a memorial event held in Green’s honor, Loebe says.
“Kevin was a big part of the youth hockey program. There's no doubt that he would have coached the kids all the way through Midgets had things not gone the way they did. Being able to do this on an annual basis will be a great way to celebrate Kevin's life and a way to remember a friend who dedicated countless hours to the kids and a sport he loved,” he says.
All of the money generated from the event will provide scholarships for tuition and equipment for qualified applicants. As Loebe explains, the Club’s mission is to make the sport available to any child that wants to play. “The more kids learning and playing the game, the more successful we are,” he says.
The fee to participate in the tournament is $125 per golfer or $500 per foursome. Registration includes greens fees, roundtrip shuttle from Telluride (limited to 50,) sack lunch, drinks on the course, awards dinner, entry into a raffle, and a commemorative golf towel.
Registration deadline is Monday, Aug. 1. Contact Jim Loebe at email@example.com or Gerry Cesario at firstname.lastname@example.org for registration or sponsorship information.