Golfing with astronauts strengthens children’s programs


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Mary Pringle, left, and Mark Marquette, right, help students learn while having fun during this year’s Heroes of STEAM Summer Camp, sponsored by the American Space Museum. Proceeds from Golf with the Astronauts will benefit this program and others.

Courtesy of the American Space Museum and Walk of Fame

The community is invited to tee off for education and meet astronauts in the process at the Golf with the Astronauts tournament and dinner. It is the first of what they hope will be an annual event.

Apollo 13 astronaut Fred Haise will be the keynote dinner speaker.

The event is sponsored by 7th Generation Community Services, which seeks to improve the lives of young people through education, and by the American Space Museum, which offers hands-on educational workshops for youth. Both organizations are Titusville based.

It will take place Friday, Sept. 13 and Saturday, Sept. 14 at the Suntree Country Club at 1 Country Club Drive in Melbourne.

“Proceeds will support 7th Generation’s Life Skills program and the American Space Museum’s STEAM program,” said Heather Barringer, the executive director of 7th Generation. “Life skills include finance, home economics and trade skills. STEAM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering, art and math.”

A private cocktail hour for sponsors will be held 5 p.m. Friday. Dinner and Haise’s talk will follow at 6 p.m.

Tournament registration begins at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, with a shotgun start at 1 p.m.

Several astronauts will play golf with other participants.

Following the tournament, a meal will be served. Awards will be given and many will be recognized.

Barringer said Titusville donors recently contributed enough funds to send two children to 7th Generation’s Life Skills Camp.

“They would not have been able to attend otherwise,” she said.

Now she hopes a hundred golfers will rise to the cause.

“We try to make sure no child is turned away regardless of their ability to pay,” said Karan Conklin, the executive director of American Space Museum and Walk of Fame.

“Students will benefit through expanded programs and scholarships in our STEAM programs.”

For information about Golf with the Astronauts, call Heather Barringer at 321-269-6939, email hbarringer2@7thgeneration.org, or go to 7thgeneration.org.

The American Space Museum is at 308 Pine St. in Titusville.

For more information, call 321-264-0434 or go to spacewalkoffame.org.