Mississippi Urban League holds golf program for young students

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JACKSON, Miss (WJTV) – Golf is a game of sportsmanship and class. You move your ball by accident? You deduct a stroke. So the Mississippi Urban League thought, what better way to influence children, than with the sport that teaches honesty and respect.

Every day after school, the Mississippi Urban League holds an after-school program for  4th and 5th graders at the Pete Brown Golf Course.

The program’s goal, according to its organizers, is to teach these children life lessons through the wonderful sport of golf.

“We have a group of young people from G.N. Smith Elementary School, 4th and 5th graders, who are at the Pete Brown Golf Course learning how to play golf, but also learning the core values inherent in the game,” explained Beneta Burt, the President and CEO of the Mississippi Urban League.

Henry Davis is in charge of teaching the kids about the game of golf and the values associated with the sport. 

But he says that’s not the only focus of the program. He makes sure his participants do well in school too.

“We focus on the core values, the health and wellness of the kids because they have to exercise and mainly we want to make sure that they do their homework,” said Davis. “Because grades are important for participating in this course.”

Golf is a hard sport…a frustrating sport. Anyone who’s played knows that. Davis acknowledges that and says that’s a major reason why they chose golf in the first place.

“Every kid that comes through this program is not going to be a golfer,” said Davis. “But every kid that comes through this program is going to have to endure life. So we want to be able to go out in life and succeed, with honesty and perseverance.”

This program is currently open to any 4th or 5th graders at G.N. Smith Elementary School in Jackson; however the program’s organizers say they want to eventually expand this program to include more schools in the Jackson area.

Golf is a game of sportsmanship and class. You move your ball by accident? You deduct a stroke. So the Mississippi Urban League thought, what better way to influence children, than with the sport that teaches honesty and respect.

Every day after school, the Mississippi Urban League holds an after-school program for  4th and 5th graders at the Pete Brown Golf Course.

The program’s goal, according to its organizers, is to teach these children life lessons through the wonderful sport of golf.

“We have a group of young people from G.N. Smith Elementary School, 4th and 5th graders, who are at the Pete Brown Golf Course learning how to play golf, but also learning the core values inherent in the game,” explained Beneta Burt, the President and CEO of the Mississippi Urban League.

Henry Davis is in charge of teaching the kids about the game of golf and the values associated with the sport. 

But he says that’s not the only focus of the program. He makes sure his participants do well in school too.

“We focus on the core values, the health and wellness of the kids because they have to exercise and mainly we want to make sure that they do their homework,” said Davis. “Because grades are important for participating in this course.”
 

 Golf is a hard sport…a frustrating sport. Anyone who’s played knows that. Davis acknowledges that and says that’s a major reason why they chose golf in the first place.

“Every kid that comes through this program is not going to be a golfer,” said Davis. “But every kid that comes through this program is going to have to endure life. So we want to be able to go out in life and succeed, with honesty and perseverance.”

This program is currently open to any 4th or 5th graders at G.N. Smith Elementary School in Jackson; however the program’s organizers say they want to eventually expand this program to include more schools in the Jackson area.

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