TC Track Club awards 2023 grants
TRAVERSE CITY — The Traverse City Track Club announced the organization will award $97,000 in community grants to nine area nonprofit organizations in support of projects that align with the TCTC mission.
The board of directors approved the recommendations of the organization’s Charitable Gifts Committee on Oct. 24. Thirteen area nonprofits applied for a total of $1,297,787 in the TCTC’s 2023 Grant Cycle coordinated through the Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation.
TCTC’s Board of Directors has now awarded over $2.5 million in community grants and scholarships since being formally launched. Profits from the Bayshore Marathon events each Memorial Weekend support the program.
TCTC Grant awards support nonprofit programs located in Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, or Leelanau counties that demonstrate their project will promote, support, and encourage running and walking as a means to promote health, enhanced fitness, family recreation and competition for all individuals.
The 2023 grants will be awarded to:
Grand Traverse Conservation District — $16,000 will be awarded to support the Grand Traverse Natural Education Reserve’s Discovery Boardwalk project.SEEDS Ecology and Education Centers — $500 toward the purchase of materials associated with youth training for trail building in northwest Michigan.Traverse Area Recreation & Transportation (TART) Trails, Inc. — $30,220 toward the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail Pathway to Good Harbor project.Generations Ahead — $1,000 toward its Let’s Move Together project.Peninsula Township — $10,000 toward its universal access elevated boardwalk for the Hemlock wing at Pelizarri Natural Area project.The Village of Ellsworth — $13,360 to fund the Ellsworth community track upgrade project.The City of Traverse City and Charter Township of Garfield Recreational Authority — $20,000 for the wayfinding for the Hickory Complex trail network project.Traverse City West Middle School Track and Field — $3,000 to fund the replacement of pole vault equipment for regulation compliance project.Traverse City East Middle School Track and Field — $2,920 to fund the team meet day tent project.
To learn more about the Charitable Gifts program of the Traverse City Track Club, go to www.tctrackclub.com
TC’s Hebert qualifies for 2024 Senior PGA Championship
TRAVERSE CITY — Scott Hebert, the golf professional at the Traverse City Golf & Country Club, was one 35 PGA of America Golf Professionals who earned their spot at the Senior PGA Championship at Harbor Shores in Benton Harbor on May 22-26, 2024.
Hebert is one of two qualifiers who reside in Michigan and are part of the Michigan PGA Section. Chad Kurmel of Okemos is the current assistant coach for men’s golf at Michigan State University. Hebert is an Escanaba native, a Ferris State University graduate and a Michigan Golf Hall of Fame inductee.
The Senior PGA Championship began in 1937 on the grounds of Augusta National Golf Club. Since then, famed champions such as Sam Snead, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson, Lee Trevino, Raymond Floyd and Colin Montgomerie have hoisted the Alfred S. Bourne Trophy.
NCMC cross country runners qualify for national championship
PETOSKEY — North Central Michigan College will send three cross country runners to the National Junior College Athletic Association’s Division II championship in Huntsville, Alabama, on Saturday.
Sophomore Emma Duncan and freshmen Rachel Descamps and Zach Maendel all secured a spot at the national tournament.
Descamps, from Charlevoix, qualified for nationals after finishing 18th in the Region XII Championship at Grand Rapids Community College on Oct. 27, where the women’s team finished in ninth place overall.
Duncan, from Indian River, had a career day at regionals, posting a new personal record with a time of 20:20 in the 5K race. She earned seventh place in both the Michigan Community College Athletic Association and Region XII event. She is the first Timberwolf cross country runner to earn postseason awards, as she was honored with both All-MCCAA & All-Region accolades. Duncan’s new personal record is the third time this season she has improved upon the NCMC record.
Petoskey’s Maendel, who has led the men’s team all season, was the top NCMC finisher at regionals with a time of 28:42. The NCMC men placed seventh overall.
The NJCAA National Championship will be held at Huntsville’s John Hunt Park, with the men’s Division II race set for 2:30 p.m. and the women’s race set for 3:30 p.m.
TC Track Club awards 2023 grants