Campus Veterans Association Golf Tournament Raises Money for Veterans
The Capstone Club in Brookwood, Ala., filled with people of all ages and all walks of life to benefit one cause. Participants came to play in UA's Campus Veterans Associations Second Annual Golf Tournament in April. The tournament raised money for scholarships benefitting student veterans, dependents and service members while increasing awareness of CVA's initiatives.
The CVA is a student organization sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs' Office of Veteran and Military Affairs (VMA), which opened the doors in 2012 to serve the needs of student veterans at the Capstone. "Helping student veterans transition to civilian and student life is important since they may find themselves in difficult situations due to their unique issues," said Chris Duke, a senior exercise and sport science major from Columbia, Ala.
Duke was a Marine for three years and serves as the CVA treasurer. He said he has experienced and seen the impact VMA programs can have on others first-hand. "Filled with great staff members dedicated to students, the VMA provides an environment that makes your life easier by eliminating unnecessary stress," Duke said "They go above and beyond to make sure everything you need is taken care of."
Matt Daniels, also serves the CVA as the event coordinator and planner. Daniels created the golf tournament last year as a way to support veterans through raising funds for scholarships and building awareness of the CVA. He said by hosting the golf tournament for a second year, the organization seeked to raise additional funds and teach the surrounding community about the office and resources. This year's tournament featured 29 golfers and nine teams, which raised nearly $1,000.00. The event also had sponsorships from six different partners who wanted to support the cause. The biggest success was the recognition CVA received.
"The golf tournament led to recognition of the CVA and helped gain awareness of events held around campus. We want the public to know about the CVA, and this event was offered to the public," David Blair, director of VMA said. As the tournament grows the CVA hopes the awareness and support of this special student population only grows stronger.
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