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Golfing For The Kids

by Staff Writer / Florida Panthers
By Dave Joseph for floridapanthers.com


It was 10 years ago that Panthers play-by-play broadcaster Steve Goldstein had an idea to fill empty seats at South Florida sporting events with underprivileged and handicapped children.

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A decade later, Goldstein’s non-profit charity, ‘Goldie’s Gang,’ has sent thousands of children to sporting events who may never have gotten an opportunity. Come June 5, Goldstein will help celebrate his charity’s 10-year anniversary with ‘Goldie’s Gang Golf Classic’ at Miccosukee Resort and Gaming.

The Golf Classic, the charity’s only fundraiser, will bring together South Florida fans and athletes for a morning and afternoon of golf, lunch, beverages and dinner for $100 per person. The Golf Classic will be a 2-man scramble, best ball, with lunch served from 10 a.m., to noon, golf at noon, and a dinner ceremony following with auction and awards.

“My dad always took me to games as a kid and, I guess a few years ago in 1999, I noticed some empty seats at some games I attended,” Goldstein said. “I realized a lot of kids don’t get the chance to see a live game. So I wanted to start something to get kids out to games.

“I wanted to give something back…put a smile on some faces.”

‘Goldie’s Gang’ sends children to approximately 20 Panthers games during the season and another 20 Marlins games.

“We send groups of 20 or 25 through different schools,” Goldstein said. “The Panthers have just been tremendous, always more than willing to help us. And the Marlins and the folks at Miccosukee have also been there for us. We also try to help teams with uniforms and also if they need to travel to events. It’s been a wonderful experience.”

As will ‘Goldie’s Gangs Golf Classic.’

“We have lunch and dinner, drinks, an award ceremony and auction,” Goldstein said. “All the teams come out and help us and we’ve had several athletes over the years come out and support us as well.

“The great thing is there’s no layer of administrative costs associated with this. We keep the costs low. If you come out to play golf you know you’re money is going to go to put a kid in a seat or buy a jersey for a kid.”

For more information on Goldie’s Gang and Goldie’s Gang Golf Classic, go to goldiesgang.com or call 754-244-7456.
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