Freedom Plaza's Freedom Fairways Provides Space for Summer Camp, Fostering Intergenerational Connections & Promoting Golf
For Immediate Release
Wednesday, July 5, 2023
Sun City Center, Fla. – Freedom Plaza’s Freedom Fairways, an 18-hole executive golf course clubhouse and pro shop, has opened its doors to the First Tee of Tampa Bay and the YMCA, offering space for their summer camp. This collaboration between the active senior community and the youth organizations aims to create a unique and enriching experience for all involved.
The partnership between Freedom Plaza and the First Tee of Tampa Bay began with Saturday afternoon events, providing a positive opportunity for residents to learn and engage in the game of golf. When the First Tee of Tampa Bay and the YMCA approached Freedom Plaza about the possibility of providing space for their summer camp, as they were unexpectedly asked to leave their previous facility, Freedom Plaza gladly stepped in to ensure the continuity of their summer camp for the remaining seven weeks of 2023.
What sets this initiative apart is the intergenerational aspect it brings to the community. By sharing their experiences, time and space with the youth, the active seniors at Freedom Plaza are not only fostering a love for golf but also creating lasting memories and special moments. This unique collaboration showcases the power of bridging the generation gap and the positive influence it can have on both the young and the elderly.
“We’ve always enjoyed our experiences with the First Tee of Tampa Bay, so it was a no-brainer when they asked to use Freedom Fairways for their summer camp,” said Ron Larkin, director of golf and hospitality at Freedom Plaza. “We saw it as a wonderful opportunity to support the organizations, the children partaking in the camp, and our very own residents – it was a win, win, win.”
The benefits of this partnership extend beyond the immediate participants. Freedom Plaza's commitment to community engagement and inclusivity is evident in their willingness to open their doors to the public and summer camp kids. This exemplifies the kind of community that Freedom Plaza represents, making it an attractive choice for future clients who value a vibrant and inclusive environment.
“We are grateful to Freedom Plaza, as they have ensured that the kids can continue their activities throughout the summer without disruption,” said Coach Chris with The First Tee of Tampa Bay. “Without Freedom Plaza’s generosity, we would have faced the challenge of traveling long distances or even the possibility of camp cancellation. This act of kindness demonstrates Freedom Plaza's commitment to doing the right thing and their dedication to making a positive impact on the lives of others.”
Freedom Plaza is proud to be a part of this collaborative effort and looks forward to the continued success of the summer camp. This initiative serves as a shining example of how a community can come together to create a better future for all its members, young and old.
About Freedom Plaza
Freedom Plaza is a vibrant Life Care community in Sun City Center set on 140 acres of landscaped grounds. It features a private lake, walking trails, and an 18-hole executive golf course and putting green. Just minutes from both Tampa and Sarasota, residents enjoy a maintenance-free retirement lifestyle, with resort-inspired services and amenities. Freedom Plaza’s pet friendly community features over 400 independent living residences ranging from studio to one- and two-bedroom apartment residences. We also offer assisted living residences; skilled nursing, including private rehabilitation suites; and memory care.
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Photos from the Summer Camp