Fred Engh, founder and president of the National Alliance for Youth Sports (NAYS) and long-time children’s advocate, will be featured on Golf Channel’s Golf Central program on Nov. 14 at 6 p.m. EST.
The Golf Central piece will trace Engh’s incredible journey, which began as the only Caucasian golfer on the golf team at the historically all-black Maryland State College in the early 1960s and culminated in his current role overseeing NAYS, and its international division, which has been advocating the power of sports for children since 1981.
The piece will also spotlight the Hook A Kid On Golf program, which was created by Engh in 1990 and is recognized as one of the nation’s most comprehensive junior golf development programs. Since its inception Hook A Kid On Golf has introduced more than 75,000 youngsters to golf around the world who otherwise would never have had the opportunity to swing a club, as well as provide them with opportunities to continue playing in fun and innovative formats.
Golf has been a passion of Engh’s ever since he first began playing as a youngster in Ocean City and then where he later helped lead Maryland State College to the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association conference title in 1961 along with a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics district championship.
Golf Central staff conducted extensive interviews with Engh this summer in Ocean City prior to the annual Sammy Wilkinson Memorial Golf Tournament, as well as a nostalgic trip to the Winter Haven Golf Course in Pocomoke, where he honed his skills. The show also explores how those early experiences helped shape Engh’s tireless efforts these days to help ensure that children have positive and rewarding experiences in all sports.
Engh created the International Alliance for Youth Sports (IAYS), a division of NAYS, nearly a decade ago to help impact the lives of children in poverty-stricken regions of the world. Today the organization partners with The Peace Corps worldwide.
He was named one of the 100 Most Influential Sports Educators in America by the Institute for International Sport in 2007.
The piece is also scheduled to air during the 11 p.m. Golf Central telecast on Nov. 14.