CHIP IN FOR THE KIDS AT GILLIS

If you’ve ever played golf before, then you know the meaning of frustration.

From slices to hooks to those tee shots that go a measly 10 feet, the exasperation that comes with a round of golf can be excruciating. The worst is when you’ve played a hole perfectly, getting just feet away from the first par of the day, only to see the ensuing putt go sailing past the hole and down the green’s 30-foot slope. I’m getting angry just writing about it.

However, there is good that comes from this maddening game. One is the exhilaration of knocking the crap out of a drive right down the middle of the fairway. Tapping in your first birdie, or better yet eagle, of the season is another.

Yet the best feeling is when you can play the game with meaning, or at least help someone else do so. With that purpose in mind, the 23rd Annual Gillis Golf Classic is less than two weeks away and they need your help.

This annual fundraising event assists the at-risk children shelter with its many programs and services, which all strive towards creating a safe and supportive living environment for boys and girls who have experienced traumatic events in their young lives.

For the Aug. 26 tourney, which will be played at the Loch Lloyd Golf Club in Belton, Mo., volunteer shifts range from welcome tent to hole competitions to escort cart drivers. And along with the myriad of opportunities also comes numerous time slots throughout the day, thus anyone can give two hours of service in the morning, midday or afternoon. Whatever fits your schedule, we can find a job.

Interested in helping the children of our city? Sign-up here to volunteer and select a shift that best fits your needs, or contact us at thecallkc@gmail.com for more info.