ICE Golf Academy was born of the idea that greatness is found, many times, in places that are very unexpected. With this being the case, we wanted to create an Academy that opens the playground to all who are willing to be great. We set out to create an environment that encourages community and acceptance, teaches proper practice and skill formation, and instills perseverance and other behavior traits that are consistent with exceptional people.
Growing up, I was always into sports. Until 14 years old, I was a premier travel hockey player competing with boys 2 and 3 years my senior. I played baseball and football recreationally and basketball competitively. It was my years playing hockey that set the foundation for ICE Golf Academy, however. Being in a sport that very few of my friends played, I always felt like an outsider. I never had experiences to share with others. I never was able to joke in the locker room. I never had a group to belong to and to push me to be the best I could. Despite these NEVERs, I continued to succeed; I continued to get better. I succeeded because I had an internal drive to know how to do anything and do it well. Unfortunately, this desire could only last so long. With a lack of friends and supports, I decided to turn to other sports that people around me played.
Fast Forward 20 years later. After playing golf in college, I was able to reflect on my past and the things that went wrong and could have altered my future. While I have no regrets, I feel I can affect many more children and young adults with my experiences and wisdom. I learned I did not need to play the sports my friends played; I needed someone to create an environment that formed the friends around the sport. I needed a coach to create a kinship amongst the team that formed and strengthened bonds between each teammate. In this environment, you are not only competing against each other to be the best on the team, but you are a working together to be the best team around; a sum of all the parts.
ICE Golf Academy, therefore, is the culmination of all that has been learned. We offer all the components necessary to excel. These components are unsurpassed technique training, prestigious facilities designated for practicing, opportunity to apply said principles in competitive formats, and a time commitment from ICE. We take these principles and wrap them with the the team structure where the students learn, practice, play, and compete with one another. Where the students, once they reach Elite, assist in the training of those students who are up and coming. Our students become a team.
We are always working to be better than we were yesterday; continually pushing towards bettering the lives of our students.