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 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; complimentary beverage and snack carts during the tournament; and mulligans will be available for purchase.

Players also will be able to participate in a silent auction that will open at 11 a.m. and conclude at the end of the tournament after all players have finished. Auction items include:

• Play for four people at the Golf Sanctuary in Brentwood.

• Two 4-pack tickets to a Predators game with a swag bag.

• Two tickets and on-field passes to a Titans game.

• A football autographed by Titans player Jeffery Simmons.

Pinnacle Financial Partners is the presenting sponsor for the HIHO Classic, and Hyundai of Cool Springs and Nissan of Cool Springs is the title sponsor. 

For more information about registering as a player or becoming a sponsor, visit dioceseofnashville.com/golf/ or contact Kathy Boles at 615-383-6393 x249 or email hihoclassic@dioceseofnashville.com.

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.”

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