The Betty Shirley Annual Golf Tournament tees off Oct. 6 at Ol’ Colony Golf Course with proceeds benefitting CrossingPoint’s employment initiatives. The program helps University of Alabama students with significant disabilities be prepared for the workforce.
“The students are employed on campus or within Tuscaloosa County, but the business does not pay the student. We pay them,” said Jeremy Reid, outreach coordinator with CrossingPoints. “The business gets the extra set of hands to help with their work and the student gets that hands-on experience.”
The annual golf tournament helps offset some of the costs of paying the students. “This fundraiser makes it possible to pay our Tier 1 and Tier 3 students,” Reid said. “The Tier 1 program is a partnership with the College of Education for students who are in Tuscaloosa City Schools or Tuscaloosa County Schools up to the age of 21.
“Because they are still receiving services from the school system whose buses drop them off and pick them up, those students hold mostly on-campus jobs,” Reid added.
Reid explained the Tier 3 program started in 2019 and gives CrossingPoints students a more realistic college experience. “This is more of a comprehensive transitional pathway for students to receive a certificate from UA,” he said.
Students in Tier 3 can earn a CrossingPoints Certificate in Occupational Studies, a non-degree certificate for young adults with intellectual disabilities.
Lunch and registration for the tournament begin at 11 a.m. with a 12:30 p.m. shotgun start. The format is a four-person scramble, and the fee for a four-person team is $600. Individual golfers pay $150.
Hole sponsorships are available starting at $200. Team prizes will be awarded as well as prizes for closest to the pin and closest to the hole.
Visit the tournament website to learn more or register your team.
Jennifer Brady, UA Strategic Communications, firstname.lastname@example.org