Brian Peters plans to scale monumental heights for a good cause. This is not a one-time deal, however.
Peters is GCSAA Class A superintendent for Traditional Golf Properties. When he isn't taking care of business on that front, Peters has other interests. Such as helping youths who need it.
This month, Peters launched a non-profit charity called "Adventurers for Special Needs" (AFSN) to benefit children with special needs. This is personal for Peters, a 10-year member of the association. His 10-year-old son Cameron (pictured here with Brian) is a special needs youth who was born at 24 weeks and has endured multiple surgeries.
In order to raise funds for the charity, Peters is seeking adventures that will make it happen. First, he has scheduled a climb in September of Mt. Rainier. The climb begins at 5,600 feet, ascends to 10,200 feet, and then comes the summit at 14,411 feet. In all, the climb and descent covers 18 miles. For Peters, it is worth it.
"This will be my second climb there," Peters tells GCM, "but this one has a whole lot more meaning behind it. Our family feels thankful and blessed. It's time to give back."
"Whether it's helping your mechanic fix a piece of machinery to the growing side of it or the day-to-day struggles, I get to work with some real pros who are down to earth, rough-and-tumble type of people," Peters says. "I like the diversity. There is always a lot going on."
Not so much, though, that it could prevent Peters from making a difference away from the golf course. He took the advice of his father, Ralph, who suggested the charity idea to his son. Now, the entire family is committed to the cause. Brian and Ralph Peters are co-founders; Brian's wife Jennifer is treasurer; and Ralph's wife Joyce is secretary.
One charity that AFSN has targeted is Frankie Lemmon School in Raleigh, N.C., where Cameron was once a student at the facility geared toward children with special needs. The goal of the charity is to help families with children who may have developmental delays, Cerebral palsy, Autism and other special needs. Climbing mountains is only one way to raise funds for the charity, and AFSN will pursue other adventures, such as bike rides and hikes, to raise money and attract awareness.
Brian's goal for the climb Sept. 15-20 is to raise $20,000. All donations will go directly to the cause. Donations can be made at http://www.adventurers4specialneeds.com/donation.html. Donations are tax-deductible.