HONDA CLASSIC MAINTAINS COMMITMENT TO KIDS, FAMILIES
February 16, 2010
PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL - Kids and families will continue to receive special treatment at the 2010 Honda Classic with a themed Family Day on Saturday that will include fireworks and a Radio Disney Dance Party, a special ticket with lanyard designed for kids by a kids contest winner, special seating in two high-profile areas of the tournament, an autograph zone by the 18th green, a pair of Junior Golf Clinics and more.
Tire Kingdom / Yokohama Family Day will be Saturday March 6. The first 1000 kids who attend that day will receive a giant golf ball and marker for autographs. Radio Disney will host a pair of events for the kids. The Radio Disney Interactive Party will be from 3 p.m.-6 p.m. at the Honda Pavilion adjacent to the putting green and will include arts and crafts, face painting, a Wii Challenge Station, and more. Then at 6 p.m., Radio Disney will sponsor a Dance Party. Free day care service will be provided for adults who want to drop off their kids and attend the Golf Prince Edward Island - Canada Concert series at the Heineken Terrace. The Tire Kingdom / Yokohama Fireworks Spectacular, which also will take place on Friday, will kick off at 6:30 p.m.
Saturday is not the only day that kids will be kings at The Honda.
Children's Hospital at St. Mary's Kids Zones will provide reserved seating for kids every day adjacent to the 17th and 18th greens.
There also will be opportunities for youngsters to learn more about the game of golf. Two PGA TOUR players to be announced will conduct a clinic on Tuesday at 4 p.m. On Saturday at 4 p.m., trick shot artist Dennis Walters will put on a show at the Haig range with his dog assistant Bucky.
The Fan Zone will be open all week and include the Play Golf America Expo where all attendees can get 10-minute swing lessons from PGA Section professionals and learn to putt on a practice green. For the first time, the Fan Zone will also include the Games On The Go Video Arcade on wheels. The vehicle is 38 feet long and features more than 11 video games inside.
The special Honda Classic kid's ticket was designed this year by Rebecca Rodriguez, an 11-year-old fifth grader at Pine Jog Elementary. Her design featuring Y.E. Yang emerged from more than 100 entries throughout the Palm Beach County School system, a contest administered through their art classes, physical education classes and the First Tee National School Program. The PGA of America and The Honda Classic have teamed to incorporate golf into the curriculum of 50 Palm Beach County schools.
"Rebecca is the absolute perfect student and a brilliant, independent young artist," said Karen Noble, the art educator at Pine Jog. "Watching her work on this Y.E. Yang painting with such meticulous care and detail was a complete inspiration. I am so honored and proud to be part of her award-winning accomplishment."
Students submitted an 8.5" X 11" art piece with the theme of the excitement and fun of The Honda Classic and/or playing golf with friends and family. Kids, with ages 15 and under admitted free, will receive a ticket upon entrance into the tournament.
The 2010 edition of The Honda Classic will be played March 1-7 at PGA National Resort & Spa.
The tournament, Palm Beach County's largest sporting event, awarded more than $642,000 to area children's charities in 2009 to surpass the $16 million mark in charitable contributions during American Honda's 28-year tenure as title sponsor.
Individual daily tickets can be purchased for $15 (Tuesday and Wednesday), $30 (Thursday and Friday) or $40 (Saturday and Sunday). A Classic Value Pack good for the entire week is $95.
Call 1-866-8HONDA8 (866-846-6328) to order tickets or visit thehondaclassic.com.