HIHO Golf Classic will help schools welcome students of all abilities

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To make sure that Catholic education is available to students with intellectual and developmental disabilities or other learning differences, the Catholic schools of the Diocese of Nashville established Hand In Hand Options (HIHO). The HIHO office ensures that all diocesan schools are promoting a culture of welcome and inclusion.

To support those efforts, Hand In Hand Options will sponsor its first large fundraiser, the HIHO Golf Classic on Thursday, Nov. 3, at the exclusive President’s Reserve at Hermitage Golf Course.

The official vision statement of Hand In Hand Options is “to provide an exceptional faith-based education in all Catholic schools with highly trained educators. All children will have accessibility to a nurturing and fully inclusive culture that celebrates the God-given dignity of all, fostering life-long success. Students within the diocese will gain understanding, appreciation and joy of all people.”

HIHO offers resources, including training, workshops, curriculum, and experts, to help schools fulfill that vision.

Proceeds from the Golf Classic will be used to provide professional development opportunities to prepare educators to teach a diverse group of learners who are capable of learning and succeeding in the classroom, said Kathy Boles, director of exceptional learners for the diocesan Catholic Schools Office.

“We are strengthening our skills and expertise so we can help every child who wants a Catholic education have a wonderful experience,” Boles added. “HIHO demonstrates that all students benefit when we learn together. Students learn so much from each other. It builds the whole community.”

The format for the inaugural HIHO Golf Classic will be a four-person scramble. Lunch will be available before the 12:30 p.m. tee-off. There will be a dinner and awards reception immediately after tournament play.

Other features of the event include: complimentary driving range and putting green; mulligans will be available for purchase; complimentary beverage and snack carts also will be available during the tournament.

Pinnacle Financial Partners is the presenting sponsor, and Hyundai of Cool Springs and Nissan of Cool Springs is the title sponsor. More sponsorships are still available.

Non-golfers who want to support Hand In Hand Options can still enjoy the event by participating in a cornhole tournament that will be held in conjunction with the Golf Classic.For more information about registering as a player or becoming a sponsor, visit dioceseofnashville.com/golf/ or contact Boles at 615-383-6393 x2249 or email hihoclassic@dioceseofnashville.com.

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