San Bernardino Community Golf Project
Building the courage to try golf and the confidence to be your best.
Several years ago, a man named Charlie Seymour had a vision for San Bernardino. He was a staunch advocate his community, and fought the hardest to make things better for the local children. Charlie was also an avid golfer and he understood the possibilities of connecting children with the game.
Charlie had planted the seeds. Then through the serendipitous communication networks that are golf course fairways, the San Bernardino City Unified School District was connected with Sixtyone Golf, and this project started to grow.
Together they began CAPS GOLF. San Bernardino City Unified School District’s Creative Before and After School Programs for Success (CAPS) provides experiences that enhance each student’s academic, social, emotional and physical development. The 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 Community 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.
Becoming a young golfer is not easy. If a child is willing to do the work, they deserve to be given a chance and provided with the support and resources they need.
03. Responsibility equals privileges.
Golf is a game of honor. Students who accept the challenges and their personal responsibility to become golfers are rewarded.
04. Construction over instruction.
The more time a child spends playing golf the better. The positive aspects of golf are not memorized. They are absorbed. The character education, social emotional development, soft skills, networking, all happen while learning to hit the golf ball. Golf teaches us 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 the others. This project will get better the more we help each other by sharing suggestions and exchanging knowledge. When you visit the golf course, take photos. When you post them, tag the Sixtyone Facebook and Instagram pages. Also, use the hashtags #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.
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. CAPS GOLF is open to all SBCUSD middle school students. Additionally, select elementary schools have programs for students in the fourth, fifth, and sixth grades.
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 Time are the practices?
What is a CAPS 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.
What is the Game?
The Pursuit Game is a series of challenges. Students that do the work and complete the challenges buckets. Buckets demonstrate responsibility. Responsibility equals privileges. That is the game.