McKinney Law Student to Golf Across Country


Luke BielawskiIU McKinney Law’s Luke Bielawski, a December 2013 J.D. candidate, is going to golf his way across the United States this summer. He has set his sights on helping others in a very unique way through his “From Tee to Shining Tee” program.

The 24-year-old Fishers resident has a goal to raise $100,000 to fund 12 scholarships to Providence Cristo Rey High School. The private college prep school caters to students from families of limited means. It combines rigorous academic instruction with a corporate work study program. Students go to school four days a week and work in a professional setting one day a week.

It is Bielawski’s way of giving back; he says he is grateful for the education he received at Cathedral High School, and he wants to help at-risk youth to have the same benefits.

“They do a great job,” at Providence Cristo Rey, Bielawski said, noting that he learned about the high school when he attended Cathedral. “It’s the kind of opportunity everyone ought to have.”

To make that kind of opportunity available to more students, Bielawski will spend this summer striking a golf ball the entirety of the United States , from just south of Ventura, California to Charleston, South Carolina.

Bielawski has conducted a Feasibility Study carried out over long distances and through wooded areas, meadows, fields, tilled acreage, swampy areas, and deserts. The study was tested during periods of tremendous heat, constant rain, and high winds. Further, it was tested by hitting along small country gravel and paved roads, over bridges, railroad tracks, rivers, and highways. Despite all of these challenges, all test conditions were proven to be successful.

His estimated 48,000 swing journey teed off on May 7 in California. Each mile will take approximately 19 minutes to traverse. By extrapolating the Feasibility Study results, the journey is expected to take over 1,000 hours. Enduring 10 hour days, 7 days a week, the journey will take approximately 100 days to complete.

His trek is sponsored by a variety of organizations, companies, and individual donors. Learn more about Bielawski’s efforts online or follow his adventure on Twitter @getonthegreen.

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