Farmington Woods golf instructor George DeVita has been honored with the 2014 Youth Player Development Award from the Professional Golfers’ Association for developing local youth golf programs.
He came to Farmington Woods, the complex on the Farmington and Avon town line, in 2004 and remodeled the junior golf program to focus more on families and kids, the Hartford Courant reported.
Along with professional golfer Suzy Whaley, DeVita worked to form a golf instruction program and nonprofit called PE2Tee, which is in 14 school systems and began in Avon in 2010. The program targets students from kindergarten through fifth grade, and Whaley and DeVita plan to teach P.E. teachers and students one-on-one how to use the golfing equipment.
"This equipment really makes it fun,” DeVita, who also coaches the boys and girls golf teams at Farmington High School, told the Hartford Courant. "It's colorful and what makes it exciting for us and for the P.E. teachers is to see the smiles on the kid's faces. It's great.”
Whaley said DeVita deserves the award because he’s committed to the golf program.
Through his teachings, DeVita aims to create "lifelong golfers" who will enjoy playing the sport with their families.