Detroit children learn golf from new Detroit PAL program

DETROIT – The Detroit Police Athletic League (PAL) works to enrich children’s lives through sports and character development.

They do this by offering 10 different sports to 12,000 children in the area.

Now they’re added to that list thanks to a special partnership with the First Tee Greater Detroit Golf nonprofit.

Friday was the first day for PAL’s Little Putters. In most cases the 5 and 6 year olds are exposed to the game of golf for the first time.

Fred Hunter, director of program administration at Detroit PAL, said it was important for nonprofits to band together and share resources amid the COVID pandemic. First Tea has a proven program and Detroit PAL has the volunteers, administrative expertise, and many eager children.

There are several 6 week programs. Little Putters are children aged 5 and 6 who study in the BOYSVILLE gym.

The PLAYER session level is for children between 7 and 17 years of age. You will start inside and soon head to the Rouge Park Golf Course.


It is an opportunity to introduce children to a sport that they may not have tried otherwise.

The other plus is that golf is already a socially distant game, but Detroit PAL said they are still taking every precaution to keep the kids safe while they study.

The Little Putter program is full, but the PLAYers group still has places available. For more information, please visit the Detroit PAL official website here.

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