A Hole in One

Through her passion for golf, Minnie Rosenblum started a game-changing charity to help those with special needs.

By Eric Edelman

WESTON’S PICTURESQUE LANDSCAPE, stunning communities, and perfectly mani-cured golf courses have made it one of South Florida’s most in-demand golfing destinations. For die-hard golfers like Minnie Rosenblum, Weston is a dream location. Since the age of five, Rosenblum showed an early passion and gift for the game. “I learned to play the game at five years old and try and play weekly,” Rosenblum says. As she got older and became more adept at the game, Rosenblum continued to impress her father as well as his friends. “They are always amazed when I hit the ball farther than them,” she says. Now a junior at NSU University School, Rosenblum has showed she has more than just passion for the game of golf—she’s passionate about giving back to her com-munity as well.
When Rosenblum was just in 8th grade, her older broth-er got involved with a popular non-profit charity called Best Buddies. The non-profit is dedicated to fostering one-on-one partnerships with children with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Volunteers can mentor and work with these children in their spare time, and many schools have affiliated programs. Inspired by her brother, she decided to follow in his footsteps and become involved with the charity herself. “I really found a passion for [Best Buddies] starting in 10th grade,” Rosenblum says. “This year I was president, and next year I will be president as well.” This first foray into a local charity inspired her to create one of her own. Citing inspiration from Best Buddies, Rosenblum started a charity called Minnie’s Birdies for Buddies—a golf-inspired charity that fundraises and supports the Best Buddies program in addition to the Special Olympics, an international organization that helps individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities compete against each other in sporting competitions. “I really wanted to create something of my own after organizing numerous events for Best Buddies and the Special Olympics,” Rosenblum said. “When I saw my impact on the community, I wanted to do more and give the golfers a special memory.” Citing her love for the community and her love for the game of golf, her charity aims to blend both of her passions to give back to the community she loves so dearly and has always called home. “Weston is a nice community to live in and grow up in,” Rosenblum says. She’s also hoping to continually host more tournaments, and eventually, expand the reach of her program, to which she says the public at-large can contribute by attending events or donating. “My ultimate goal is to host quarterly tournaments, reaching out to as many special needs athletes as possible and raise $50,000 for the Special Olympics.”

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