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Young Harris College Student Caden Quiles to Intern with the American Junior Golf Association

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. — Caden Quiles, Young Harris College Class of 2023, has been selected to intern with the American Junior Golf Association during the summer of 2023. This opportunity will allow Caden to use the knowledge and skills he has developed through his newly acquired bachelor’s degree in Sports and Recreation Studies. 

Caden, who will be serving as the American Junior Golf Association’s (AJGA) Operations Traveling Intern, will visit many places around the United States to work junior golf tournaments as part of the AJGA. The AJGA is a non-profit organization committed to developing young golfers who wish to compete for college golf scholarships. His responsibilities will include the organization and preparation of the events, enforcement of on-course rules, and starting and scoring the players. 

Caden credits this opportunity to the education and support he has received from instructors and mentors at Young Harris College, including Sports and Recreation Studies Program Coordinator, Professor Jim Thomas; Assistant Professor of Sport and Recreation Studies, Dr. Thomas Clanton; Director of Recreation, Megan Ridley; and Assistant Basketball Coach, Reggie Anderson. 

“It is humbling to know that I not only got this one-of-a-lifetime opportunity, but also that I am from one of the smallest schools to be accepted into the Program,” said Caden. “I thank God for putting me down the path that led me toward this internship and I am excited to be able to travel throughout the United States this summer.”

During his four years at Young Harris College, Caden was an active member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity and the Executive Chair of the Campus Activity Board, known as C@B. He was a member of the Vertical Church College Ministry and served as a mentor for 4th grade students at Towns County Elementary School. Caden also volunteered as a youth basketball coach with the Union County Recreation Department. Employed through Young Harris College’s Work-Study Program, Caden served as the head student worker for Athletics Game Day Operations and as an Intramural Sports student worker. 

“Caden’s thoughts and insights have been a significant contribution to my classes,” said Professor Thomas. “With his drive, enthusiasm, and willingness to take on responsibility, he is the epitome of what a Sport and Recreation Studies major should be.”

Following his internship experience, Caden plans to earn a master’s in Sports Management and Administration, eventually pursuing a career in facility operations for a collegiate or professional sports program. He is also considering becoming a high school athletic director.

About Young Harris College 

Young Harris College is a private baccalaureate and master’s degree-granting institution located in the beautiful mountains of North Georgia. Founded in 1886 and historically affiliated with The United Methodist Church, Young Harris College educates, inspires, and empowers students through an education that purposefully integrates the liberal arts and professional studies. The College has four academic divisions: Fine Arts; Humanities; Mathematics, Science, and Technology; and Professional Studies. Approximately 1,400 students are enrolled in its residential and Early College programs. The College is an active member of the NCAA Division II and remains a fierce competitor in the prestigious Peach Belt Conference. For more information, visit