PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. — U.S. Border Patrol agents, assigned to the Swanton, Vt., Border Patrol Sector, on Thursday donated $3,000 they raised during the 9th Annual Green Cup golf tournament to MVP Kids, a Plattsburgh, N.Y., -based charitable organization that provides opportunities for children with autism spectrum disorders to participate in team-based sporting activities.
Border Patrol hosted the Green Cup June 17 at the North Country Gold Club in Rouses Point, Vt. The Green Cup is organized by two Swanton Border Patrol agents, Special Operations Supervisor Thomas Woods and Supervisory Border Patrol Agent Terry Kellison, who commit extensive off-duty hours to coordinating the annual golf tournament.
“I am very proud of our Border Patrol agents and employees who have fully committed to supporting the very children in our communities who need us most,” said John Pfeifer, Chief Patrol Agent, Swanton Border Patrol Sector. “I am also very grateful to our local sponsors and our local partners for their kindness and generosity. Our contribution to MVP exceeded last year’s Green Cup donation by 66%. We couldn’t have done this without help from our sponsors and partners.”
Local tournament sponsors who contributed prizes and raffles include: Alburg Golf Links; the Malone Golf Club; Bluff Point Golf; and R. Deso Ready Mix Concrete. Raffle prizes were also donated by Applebee’s, Texas Roadhouse, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Spyderco, Pizza Hut, and the New York Jets.
MVP Kids volunteers helped to operate the Green Cup tournament.
MVP Kids’ objective is to enrich the lives of children living with an Autism Spectrum Disorder through programs that encourage socialization and physical activity. These programs promote the development of confidence, self-esteem, pride and happiness to children who may otherwise be excluded. Throughout the year, MVP offers six-week sessions of recreational activities with a focus on team-based, non-competitive, organized athletics.
The Green Cup golf tournament is one of two charitable events Swanton Sector Border Patrol agents host annually to support MVP Kids.
In February, Patrol Agent in Charge Norm Lague of the Champlain, NY, Border Patrol station, organized and hosted the 4th annual Border Bash Hockey tournament in Rouses Point. The tournament, which included eight teams, raised $2,300 to support MVP Kids.
“These benevolent and compassionate gestures are indicative of the highest caliber of people who work for the U.S. Border Patrol,” said Pfeifer.
One objective of the U.S. Border Patrol’s Strategic Plan is to engage the public to assist us in securing America’s borders. Citizens are encouraged to report suspicious activity in the border area to the U.S. Border Patrol at 1-800-689-3362.