Tasha Keiter Memorial Youth Golf Fund Receives 2018 Healthy Community Education Award

June 04, 2018

Tasha Keiter, a collegiate golfer, dreamed of coaching and teaching youth golf. Those dreams were tragically cut short in 2012 when Tasha died in a car accident. In a healing effort to make something good out of something bad, Tasha’s parents David and Diane Keiter, established the Tasha Keiter Memorial Youth Golf Fund (TKMYGF) to honor their daughter.

Since that summer, the TKMYGF has provided SNAG Golf (Starting New At Golf), a learning system teaching golf fundamentals using age-appropriate equipment, to ten area schools. Currently, more than 3,000 elementary students have experienced Keiter’s passion for the game in their physical education classes free of charge.

For improving the health of children in our community, David and Diane Keiter will be accepting the 2018 Healthy Community Education Award on behalf of the TKMYGF. This award is presented annually by CHI Health Good Samaritan to an individual or group who provides educational opportunities and is an advocate of health in the community.

Dave, who only started golfing when Tasha started playing, and Diane, along with area PGA professionals, chose the SNAG program because, in addition to teaching the physical fundamentals, the program also has nine core values and puts an emphasis on sportsmanship.

"It’s amazing what the kids of all skill levels are able to do in a short time,” Dave said. “But the credit goes to the schools, PE teachers, volunteers, and community. They are the silent heroes introducing kids to a lifetime sport."

"We are impacting a lot of kids with the program," Diane Keiter said of SNAG. "We’ve had a lot of good feedback and are hoping to expand into more schools."

Golfers teed off Friday at Kearney Country Club to help further Tasha’s dream at the 6th Annual TKMYGF Golf Tourney. Funds raised will purchase replacement equipment for current programs, and new for the program—assist with scholarships for clubs and lessons for high school student-athletes qualifying for assistance in the Kearney area. 

During the tournament, Matt Shaner, PGA professional and president of the TKMYGF, demonstrated SNAG equipment for the crowd. "It’s a great way to get youth involved with golf. Not every kid has the opportunity if it weren’t for the schools and SNAG kits."