The Rockford PRO/AM is teeing up in just a few days and while golfers are practicing their swings, local organizations are looking forward to the benefit, too.
Rockford's Discovery Center Museum is just one of six organizations that will benefit from the annual golf outing. The museum has offered educational fun to the stateline region for years and has been named one of the best children's museums in the country by Forbes.
"Our goal is to have fun while learning, and I think that's been our goal since the very inception of the Discovery Center," Executive Director Sarah Wolf said.
Wolf sees the learning on a daily basis. From bones to interactive games to water activities and puzzles, it's a place for a child's mind to explore. Thursday, kids from the Rockford Park District's Camp Nature Quest visited the museum for a field trip.
"It's a great opportunity to bring them here and let them explore on their own," Camp director Chet Parker said. "We don't have to say, 'Oh no, don't touch that.' They can just dive right in and everything is made to play with the kids."
While the indoor and outdoor activities seem endless, the Discovery Center is hoping to expand its creative footprint with the help of the Rockford PRO/AM.
"We're in an urban environment here and so introducing children to certain plants and creating certain pockets of interest there," Wolf said of the museum's goals.
With funds gained from the PRO/AM, the museum will plant a garden next month. The quiet outdoor spot will feature a sensory garden, butterfly garden, and a place for eco-literacy, all things that would have been out of reach without the golf tournament.
"We were just so pleased that the PRO/AM looked on us favorably," Wolf said. "They have done so many wonderful things for the community over the history of the PRO/AM. We're proud to be selected this year."