South Bay Classic Raises Funds for Substance Abuse Prevention
More than 280 golfers attended the 30th annual South Bay Classic, presented by American Honda Motor Co, Inc. and Japan Business Association of South Bay, on Aug. 4. The charity golf tournament helped raise money for drug abuse prevention, education and counseling programs that assist local young people in increased self-esteem and confidence, and the ability to become more productive members of society.
Since it’s inception in 1987, the South Bay Classic has donated over $2.5 million dollars to local school districts/programs for their youth drug prevention and education programs.
A dinner featuring an inspiring guest speaker followed the tournament. This year’s speaker was Todd Schenasi, a young man who struggled with substance abuse, but after three years of sobriety, is now 22 years old and an EMT working on his nursing degree. Schenasi shared his story of overcoming addiction and how programs like those supported by the Classic will help kids overcome societal pressure and give them the tools to stay away from abusive behavior and become productive members of society.