Urban Golf Project
The courage to try, and confidence to become a golfer
Charlie Seymour had a vision for San Bernardino. He was a relentless advocate for his community, and fought the hardest to make things better for the local children. Charlie was also an avid golfer. He understood the positive possibilities of connecting children from his community with the game he loved.
Charlie is gone now, but years ago he planted the seeds for a community golf project. Then through serendipity, the San Bernardino City Unified School District was connected with Sixtyone Golf. Together they launch CAPS Golf, and Charlie’s seeds started to grow.
CAPS (San Bernardino City Unified School District’s Creative Before and After School Programs for Success) provides experiences that enhance each student’s academic, social, emotional and physical development.
The CAPS golf program is designed to introduce district students to golf, provide resources to support their development into young golfers, and encourage them to consider golf as a part of their futures—and that is exactly what Charlie wanted.
It Takes a Village
The San Bernardino Urban Golf Project understands a few things:
01. We can crowdsource golf development.
All of us can do something. Small efforts when added together create big results. If you or your organization would like to join the project, please contact Sixtyone.
02. Every child can be a golfer.
Hacking at a golf ball is easy. Becoming a young golfer is not. If a child is willing to do the work, they deserve to be given a chance. They also need support and resources.
03. Responsibility equals privileges.
Golf is a game of honor. Students who accept the challenges and personal responsibility to become young golfers are rewarded with stuff. Program stuff includes golf equipment, golf gear, local golf scholarships, field trips, and many other opportunities available within the golf network.
04. Construction over instruction.
The more time a child spends in a golf environment the better. The positive aspects of golf are not memorized. They are absorbed. The character education, social emotional development, soft skills, networking, etc. all happen while playing golf and interacting with others learning the game. Golf is never finished. It teaches us, constantly, how to deal with success and how to deal with failure. Most important of all, golf teaches us that it is our responsibility to do the right thing whether anyone is watching over us or not.
05. We share and we stay connected.
Real communication is the transfer of thoughts, ideas, and feelings from one member of a group to others. This project will get better the more we help each other, share suggestions, and exchange knowledge. When you visit the golf course, take photos. When you post them, tag the Sixtyone Facebook and Instagram pages. Also, use the hashtags #sbcgolfproject, #changegolf and #changethinkgolf on your social media posts. We are all part of the change the way you think about golf movement, so let’s begin to share our experiences.
Founding Golf Project Members
The San Bernardino Urban Golf Project began as a partnership between the SBCUSD and Sixtyone Golf . They were soon joined by the Center for Youth and Community Development and Shandin Hills Golf Club. These groups formed the foundation of the project to fulfill Charlie’s vision.
It started with two SBCUSD elementary schools and each year it has grown to give more students an opportunity to become golfers. Currently, the project includes over 300 SBCUSD elementary, middle, and high school students.
All donation for the project are accepted by the Center for Youth and Community Development, a 503(c)3 organization. Please contact Sixtyone if you additional questions about how you, your group or your company can join the project.
What is the Sixtyone Golf Academy?
The Academy is a golf introduction, development, and integration program designed to help eliminate misconceptions and barriers so that we can connect more youngsters to the positive aspects of playing golf.
Can my child participate?
In a word, yes. All SBCUSD middle school students are eligible. Select SBCUSD elementary schools also have programs for students in the fourth, fifth, and sixth grades.
My child's school doesn't have a program.
When does it start and How do we sign-up?
Do we have to buy golf clubs?
No. Golf clubs are provided thanks to support from the SBCUSD, and generous donations from others members of the community. We use a golf club exchange system that makes sure everyone has what they need. Students without clubs get clubs. Students that outgrow clubs can exchange their clubs. And, when students stop using their clubs, they return them so others can use them.
What is a program GOLF scholarship?
Students meeting their responsibilities at home, at school, and in the program earn the right to visit the golf course completely free of charge whenever and as often as they want. The program cover all costs.
What is the Game?
Golf is a game. The Urban Golf Project, San Bernardino makes becoming a golfer a game, too. The Game is a series of challenges. Students that play the game, do the work and complete the challenges earn buckets. Buckets demonstrate responsibility. Responsibility equals privileges. That is the game. The more responsible a student is, the more privileges they earn.
My child is in high school can they get involved?
Yes they can. The Sixtyone ICTM (Instructors, Caddies, Tutors, and Monitors) network is the perfect opportunity for high school students to participate in the UGP San Bernardino. Older students can learn to be golfers and develop leadership skills by setting examples for younger students. Contact Sixtyone to find out how.