NYPD Community Affairs Officers from Patrol Borough Queens South organized a six-week golf clinic for neighborhood students. Although the precinct participates in the Police Athletic League and other sports programs, Police Officer Jones identified a need for a less traditional sports team. When asked what inspired him to start this initiative, Officer Jones responded:
“I wanted to do something out of the box that would expose these kids to something different.”
Encouraged by their supervisor and community partners, Detective Carr and Officer Jones reached out to local schools to assemble a team of 10 kids interested in learning how to play golf. For the first few weeks the team utilized the driving range at City College to learn the basics of the game. Officer Jones coached the students on proper technique, stance, grip, and etiquette. In the last two weeks, the students applied the skills they learned to the pitch at Flushing Meadow Park. He also hopes sharing his passion for golf will lead to incredible networking opportunities with people the kids might not otherwise encounter. As Detective Carr and Officer Jones spent more time with the students, it became clear that they were learning much more than just the fundamentals of golf:
“Although the technique is important, it is also about teaching life skills like punctuality, patience, honesty, and how to network,” said Officer Jones.
In celebration of their completion of the clinic, the golf team celebrated their final tee time of the season with Assistant Chief Barrere, the Patrol Borough Queens South commander, and Council Member Daneek Miller. The team had a great time showcasing their skills while making connections with important local figures. Following the success of the golf clinic, Police Officer Jones is working with community partners and local businesses to help expand this opportunity to more neighborhood children. In the meantime, Officer Jones and Detective Carr are planning a team tour of City College with a college counselor to help ensure the students are prepared to apply to schools when the time comes.