Ian's wit, easy-going attitude and enjoyable golf stories thoroughly entertained us in Las Vegas. He went above and beyond to help attendees feel comfortable on the course and keep the awards presentation light-hearted after our round of golf
Oakbrook Terrace, IL (PRWEB) October 19, 2009
Celebrity Golf Pro and CBS Television Analyst Ian Baker-Finch will return for the CompTIA Educational Foundation's 2010 Creating Futures Charity Golf Classic. The event will run August 9, 2010, at the TPC San Antonio golf course, during CompTIA's annual Breakaway conference.
Baker-Finch participated in the 2009 Creating Futures Charity Golf Classic in Las Vegas, giving a golf clinic to attendees and discussing humorous highlights of his career with participants.
Proceeds from the event benefit the Foundation's Creating Futures program which provides training and certification opportunities to populations who have historically been under-represented in the information technology (IT) workforce, including U.S. veterans, individuals with disabilities, women, minorities, at-risk youth and dislocated workers. Creating Futures works with employers to identify their hiring needs, then tailors its training to help individuals obtain the skills employers require.
"Ian's wit, easy-going attitude and enjoyable golf stories thoroughly entertained us in Las Vegas. He went above and beyond to help attendees feel comfortable on the course and keep the awards presentation light-hearted after our round of golf," commented John Venator, president and CEO, CompTIA Educational Foundation. "We're delighted that Ian can join us again in 2010, as we strive to raise more funds for Creating Futures."
Baker-Finch began his career on the Australian tour, turning pro in 1979 and winning his first professional tournament at the 1983 New Zealand Open. His other golf victories include the 1985 Scandinavian Enterprise Open, the 1989 Southwestern Bell Colonial and the 1991 British Open. In 2003, 2005 and 2007 Baker-Finch served as Gary Player's captain's assistant for the International team in the Presidents Cup. In January 2008, he joined the Gary Player Group as an international brand ambassador and golf course designer. He plans to compete on the Champions Tour after he turns 50 next year.
"Creating Futures helps people open the doors to a worthwhile career, and in this economy, everyone can use a little extra help getting their foot in the door to a new job," said Baker-Finch. "I look forward to playing in the Creating Futures Charity Golf Classic, meeting with the program's supporters and helping more people jumpstart their careers."
The golf event will be held in conjunction with Breakaway 2010, the IT industry's premier education and networking event for CompTIA members, running August 9-12 at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort in San Antonio, Texas.
Sponsorships for the Creating Futures Charity Golf Classic are available. Premier sponsors will have the opportunity to match shots, have a private instructional clinic and get foursome photos with Baker-Finch. The event allows IT leaders to have hours of one-on-one time with their key partners. Breakaway attendees also can buy foursomes to play in the golf tournament.
Beyond meeting their philanthropic goals and receiving tax benefits, event sponsors reap extra exposure to CompTIA members, Breakaway attendees and the media through the CompTIA Educational Foundation's pre-show and on-site marketing of the event.
Individuals and companies can make a donation to Creating Futures, and prospective participants can apply for training by visiting the Foundation's website, http://www.CompTIA-EF.org. For more golf sponsorship information, visit http://www.comptia-ef.org/GolfClassic.aspx.
About the CompTIA Educational Foundation
The CompTIA Educational Foundation provides career opportunities for individuals who historically have been under-represented in the IT workforce. With the support of individuals, industry leaders, companies and the government, the Foundation creates programs aimed at helping U.S. veterans, at-risk youth, women, minorities, dislocated workers, and individuals with disabilities to obtain the technical and business skills employers require. Since its creation in 1998, the Foundation has helped more than 1,000 individuals enter the IT workforce, helping the industry alleviate its shortage of skilled workers. For more information or to make a donation to the CompTIA Educational Foundation, visit http://www.CompTIA-EF.org.
The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) is the voice of the world's information technology (IT) industry. Its members are the companies at the forefront of innovation; and the professionals responsible for maximizing the benefits organizations receive from their investments in technology. CompTIA is dedicated to advancing industry growth through its educational programs, market research, networking events, professional certifications, and public policy advocacy. For more information, visit http://www.comptia.org.
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